Nigeria Customs Services Impounds N197m Contraband in One Month

Nigeria Customs Service , NCS , Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone “C” Owerri has impounded contraband worth N197 million in one month in the continued fight against smuggling activities.

The 48 seizures have a duty paid value (DPV) of N197.3 million.

Within the period under review, the NCS also arrested 30 persons suspected to be smugglers. These were disclosed by the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the zone, David Victor Dimka, in the briefing for the month of July 2015.

According to him, the 30 suspects arrested by his men in connection with the smuggling, which occurred on the Benin/Asaba express way, Owerri/Port Harcourt Road and Enugu are presently helping the authorities with what they know about the seizures.

The Customs chief revealed that no fewer than 20 cases are now pending in court in respect of the seizures just as an under-payment of N24 million was also recovered.

While giving an insight to the seizures, he said they comprise 69 bales of second hand clothing, 39 vehicles, 139 pieces of used tyres, 244 pairs of used foot wears and 60 bags of 50kg bags of rice.

Dimka warned that the service will never succumb to irrational pleas for leniency by individuals caught in the act of smuggling.


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