The Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos made over N2.050 billion in the first quarter of 2017.
The unit inp its anti-smuggling operations intercepted various contrabands and other goods on detention with a duty paid value (DPV) of N1, 045,412,950.
Similarly, the unit through its interventions recovered N1,005,517,187.90 from duty payments and demand notices on general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government of Nigeria, making a cumulative of N2,050,930,137.90.
In the first quarter of 2017, 293 different seizures were recorded comprising foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp, arms, fake pharmaceutical/medicaments and various general merchandise.
The Controller, Federal Operations Unit ‘A’, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu commended his officers and men for this great feat in this first quarter of 2017 despite the economic recession. He wondered why some elements would invest their money in business of illegalities knowing fully well that the law could catch up with them any given time.
While appealing to all well-meaning Nigerians to join the Service in the fight against smuggling which has wrecked a lot of havoc to the nation’s economy, charged all officers and men of the Unit to be professional and diligent in performing their statutory responsibilities, most especially in the area of anti-smuggling operations by making sure all revenue linkages are blocked.