The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested two prime suspects who allegedly masterminded the attack and killing of two Customs officers in Ogun State.
The Unit also disclosed that within six weeks, it made seizures goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N 2,826,486,890.
They include 1009 cartons of expired drinks labeled in Chinese language and uncovered in a Lagos warehouse, cannabis and other items.
Hussein Ejibunu, Acting Controller of the unit , Deputy Comptroller who briefed journalists in Lagos on anti- smuggling activities of the unit in the last six weeks, disclosed that he worked on credible intelligence indicating that contraband items were stored in a warehouse where the expired drinks were seized.
The unit according to him, made the seizure to prevent unsuspecting Nigerians from consuming the products since it could be sold out during the yuletide period.
DC Hussein Ejibunu, who conducted reporters round the government warehouse were seized goods were kept, also displayed other seized items including 13,342 bags of 50kg smuggled parboiled rice; 3,696 pieces of 175 sacks of used shoes; 285 cartons of Basmati rice ; 464 cartons of Tomato paste and 694 bales of secondhand clothing.
Others are 5,413 cartons of medicaments without NAFDAC Numbers or Certification; 907 kilograms of Indian hemp (Cannabis sativa); 1,224 cartons of frozen poultry products;148 pieces of used compressor; 5x20ft containers of wood – rough and semi-processed meant for export which causes deforestation in Nigeria and 2x40ft containers of charcoal – meant for export
Also seized are 1,111 kegs of PMS at 25 litres each – meant to be smuggled to neigbhouring countries; 177 kegs of vegetable oil at 25 litres each; 231 pieces of used tyres; 56 units of used fridges; 28 units of used motorcycles 59 vehicles used as means of conveyance .
Within the period, Ejibunu said the Unit made revenue from it’s intervention and would continue to confront smugglers proactively as yuletide approaches.