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Customs arrests 56 suspects, records 140 seizures in Owerri

Posted: Apr 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Anolu Vincent, Owerri
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’, Owerri, Imo State has said it made giant strides in the first quarter of 2015.
The Customs Area Comptroller, Dimka Victor David, told newsmen in Owerri that the unit recorded 140 seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N501,026,822,56 suspects arrested and 56 cases pending in courts in connection with the seized items.
Giving  the breakdown, Dimka said 37 seizures were made in January with a DPV of N176,483,600 while 40 were recorded in February with a DPV of N136,708,650.
He said 63 seizures with a DPV of N187,834,572 were also made in March.
The latter, he said, comprised 108 vehicles, three trucks containing 384 bags of 50kg foreign rice, two trucks of 2,126 cartons of imported frozen poultry products, three trucks of 1,181 pieces of used tyres and three trucks containing 780 bales of textile materials.
Others, he said, were truckloads of cartons of foreign vegetable oil with other items such as used hand bags, cartons of foreign beverages and 1,755 pieces of imported foot wears.
Specifically, Dimka disclosed that the seizures made in March comprised 51 vehicles, 184 pieces of used tyres, 284 (50kg) bags of foreign rice, 1,755 pieces of used foot wears, 10 cartons of foreign beverages and a truckload with 1,500 cartons of imported frozen poultry products.
He reiterated the determination of his officers and men to rid the country of smuggling adding that 56 suspects arrested in connection with the seizures were cooling their heels in detention while investigations had commenced in earnest.
He assured that those found guilty would be made to face the full weight of the law to serve as deterrent to others.
Dimka also warned those still trapped in the illegal business of smuggling to desist from it in their own interest.
He warned that the NCS under the leadership of Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko, who recently gave the unit 20 new pick-up vehicles and other logistics, is now better equipped, trained and sophisticated to dislodge smugglers wherever they operate.
He advised those with useful information about smuggling to always make them available to his men for necessary action, assuring that such classified information would be treated with the utmost confidentiality.