The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone C, Owerri, intercepted 231 contraband items with the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1.9billion in the third quarter of 2016, it was learnt, yesterday.
This is in contrast to 379 seizures with a DPV of N2.2billion impounded the same period in 2015.
The FOU also arrested 22 suspects in connection with the seizures carried out along Benin, Asaba-Agbor-Onitsha express way, Calabar, Enugu, Owerri and Port-Harcourt axis within the South-south and South-east zones, while 16 cases are pending in court.
The CAC of the unit, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu, disclosed this through the Public Relations Officer, Onuigbo Ifeoma, saying that the underpayment of N548.7million recovered this year amounted to an increase in the percentage of revenue generated by the Unit, in contrast to that of N105.2million underpayment recovered in 2015.
He stressed that the feat was accomplished as a result of the renewed determination of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rertd.) to rid the country of all forms of illegal importation.
“The items impounded include 121 vehicles; 3,082 bags of rice; 1,454 set of furniture; 5,120 tyres; 625 cartons of fake drugs and 2,600 school bags.
We also seized 63 containers of log wood; 97 pieces of 14 -stroke engine generators; 30,181 cartons of imported frozen poultry products; 1,148 bales of second hand clothing as well as 2, 331 cartons of foreign detergents and creams.
Other items were 1,339 pairs of foot wears; 142 pieces of used refrigerators and compressors, 155 cartons of plastic and articles of plastics; 129 cartons of ceramics and articles of ceramics in addition to 803 bags of scrap metals”, he said.