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NCS Impounds 31 Vehicles, Drugs, Rice Valued at N235. 634m

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Story:  John Iwori

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone C, Owerri, Imo State has stepped up its anti-smuggling campaign as it has impounded several contrabands.

These include 31 assorted types of vehicles estimated at N75 million illegally imported through the nation’s borders;14 cartons of drugs called Tramadol with 300 pieces of 100 milligrams capsules suspected to have been illegally imported from England and  with no NAFDAC officially approved registration numbers.

Customs Area Controller (CAC), NCS, FOU, Zone C, Owerri, Imo State, Mr. Victor David Dimka who disclosed in a statement said the tramadol capsules were deceitfully packed and concealed in a luxury bus along with many other contraband goods.

A statement by the  Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the unit, Mrs. Ifeoma Onuigbo, quoted the Dimka as  saying that he would ensure that the poisonous drugs would be handed over to NAFDAC for necessary action.

While showcasing seizures made by the unit within the past two weeks at Customs House, Benin City, Edo State, Dimka also revealed that 5 suspects are now in police net in connection with the dirty deal and would soon be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

He assured that the synergy currently existing among NCS, Police, Nigerian Army, the State Security Services (SSS) and NAFDAC would be strengthen to drastically reduce the menace of smuggling in the country.
The CAC also displayed bags of imported rice including fake mama Africa (re-bagged) rice valued at N160, 440,000 containing 382 metric tonnes.

Dimka, who is a Deputy Comptroller disclosed that the grand total of the duty paid value (DPV) of all the items seized is N235, 634,000.
In spite of the upsurge of smuggling in the country, he expressed optimism that the scourge could be effectively tackled with the support and cooperation of all patriotic Nigerians with security agencies.

He maintained that NCS would sustain its public enlightenment/sensitisation campaign on the dangers inherent in the illegal business of smuggling, patronage and consumption of contraband goods imported into the country.

Said he: “The items were brought in with every amount ingenuity and if we are not able to check them, those who criminally brought them in would eventually have their way to the market”.

The CAC revealed that the DPV of the rice imported were N235 million just as he warned transporters to always be careful and mindful of the purpose for which their vehicles are being used at any point in time since ignorance of the usage of any vehicle for a criminal act can never be tolerated as an excuse.

According to him, although men and officers of NCS are not trained to kill but to maim whenever it becomes inevitable in the discharge of their duties, they are now better trained, equipped, motivated and informed to meet their challenges in the interest of the nation’s economy.

He attributed the upsurge of smuggling in the country despite spirited efforts to eliminate the trend to the unbridled quest to make quick money by desperate Nigerians but assured that his men and officers would always support the government and implement her policies and programmes geared towards the elimination of smuggling.

Article Credit: ThisDay newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago

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