The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’ Owerri has disclosed that it recorded giant stride in its anti-smuggling activities with the seizures of a total of 307 contraband worth N4.756 billion in 2016.
In a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Onuigbo Ifeoma, the service further explained that the figure is a combination of both the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N3.985 billion and an underpayment recovered as revenue of N770.346 million.
The Controller of the Federal Operations Unit, Comptroller Mohammed, Uba G. who made this known while giving an annual report for the year, 2016, said that the unit which has since driven many smugglers out of their illicit businesses consequent upon its sustained aggressive onslaught against smuggling, arrested a total of 234 suspects while 24 cases are still pending in court in connection with the seizures.
A breakdown of the prohibited items seized as the statement added include: 169 motor vehicles with a DPV of N1.013 billion;
2,725 cartons of narcotics (Indian hemp/hard drugs) with a DPV of N366.835 million and 1,759 pairs, 85 cartons and 68 sacks/bales of foot wears with a DPV of N28.234 million.