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Customs Arrests 30 Suspects Over N197 M Contraband In South- East, South-South

By Ignatius Okpara, Owerri – A total of 30 suspected smugglers were last month nabbed by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’, Owerri, over importation of various contraband goods worth N197, 385,747.

The Customs Area Controller, (CAC) in charge of the zone, Mr. Dimka Victor David, made this known to newsmen in Owerri on Monday.

He disclosed that most of the seizures were recorded along the Benin/Asaba Expressway; Owerri/Port-Harcourt Road and Enugu axis respectively.

According to him, 20 cases in respect of the seizures were already in court.

Mr. David revealed that the unit, recorded 48 seizures within the month under review, as the zone prioritizes and sustains war against smuggling.

The Comptroller also hinted that the unit discovered an under-payment amounted to N24, 246,213.

The CAC, gave a breakdown of the seizures which included: 69 bales of second hand clothing, 39 vehicles, 139 pieces of used tyres, 244 pairs of used foot wears and 60 bags of 50kg rice.

He lamented on increase in the number of exotic vehicles seized by his unit on daily basis, advising members of the public who wished to purchase the vehicles to ensure that they go through the official process.

He equally advised members of the public to always verify from the Customs before the purchase, warning that all illegally imported goods would be impounded as ignorance of the law is no excuse.

‎David, who decried the upsurge in smuggling of contraband goods in Nigeria, despite obvious stiff penalties for culprits, assured that the NCS would never be deterred in its patriotic resolve to reduce the scourge to the barest minimum.

NCS zone C is made up of South East and South – South parts of Nigeria.


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