Customs FOU ‘A’ intercepts smuggled goods valued N1, 103bn, arrests 17 suspects, recovers Pangolin Shells, Elephant Tusks
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU)Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service, on Wednesday made public seizures it made from its anti-smuggling operations in the month of February, 2018.
Presenting the seized items, Comptroller Mohammed Uba told newsmen that the Duty Paid Value(DPV) for the items totaled N1,035, 232,046 billion, while the Unit recovered N67,945,158 million from demand notices from goods intercepted due to false declaration and under-declaration, making it a total of over N1,103 billion that was presented by the Unit.
Condemning in its entirety the act of smuggling, Compt. Uba vowed to continue to tighten the noose even as smugglers appear to be relentless.
Speaking on the recovered Elephant tusks and Pangolin shells, Uba said that “The Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species(CITES 1973) entails that the Customs Administration globally protects wild life by intercepting illegal trade on such animals. It further prevents the killing of such endangered species, since the tusks are only available after the killing of the Elephant and the Pangolin.”
Upholding the inter-agency collaboration, the Controller handed over the seized Pangolin Shells and Elephant Tusks over to the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).
Receiving the Pangolin Shells and Elephant Tusks, the Lagos State Coordinator of NESREA, Mr. Nosa Aigbedion, thanked the Customs Unit for acting promptly on such information to help checkmate the elimination of endangered wildlife species.
Aigbedion said it was a national responsibility on the general public to protect the wildlife in conservation for the upcoming generations.
The FOU ‘A’ Controller, however, made known that a Chinese National, Mr. Ko Sin Ying was among the 17 suspects arrested in connection with the seizures made.
A breakdown of the seizures made shows that the detained vehicles which include 1 Rolls Royce, 1 Chrysler, 1 Audi Q7, 1 Land Rover HSE, 1 Toyota Venza, 1 Ford Taurus, 1 Honda Cross tour, 4 Mercedes Benz amongst other types ranging from 2008 to 2015 model, were intercepted along Ijebu Ode Expressway, while some others were evacuated from a car mart located in Lekki, Lagos.
Uba told newsmen that the Warehouse Operations Team, following intelligence reports, raided an apartment on 38, Ogundana Street, Off Allen Avenue in Ikeja, where they evacuated 55 sacks of Pangolin Shells weighing 2001kg valued at N408, 319,317 million.
The 218 pieces of Elephant Tusks weighing 343 kg is valued at N85, 156,649 million, according to the FOU ‘A’ Controller.
Among the seized goods were a 20 ft container with number CAIU091053 being seized due to false declaration, 4,201 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 2,619 cartons of frozen poultry products, 1,105 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 2,637 pieces of used tyres and 1,333 bales of used clothing.
Posted on : March 1, 2018