Customs FOU ‘A’ Intercepts Eight Trailer Loads Of Foreign Parboiled Rice ,Others
By Okezie Nnadi
The Federal Operations Unit FOU of the Nigeria Customs Service ,has intercepted Eight trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice.
Briefing news men on ,Friday 6 of October,2023 said ” Today’s briefing pertains to the commendable interception of approximately eight trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice by the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ on October 6, 2023.
Agriculture, being the cornerstone of Nigeria’s economy, underscores the federal government’s commitment to achieving self-sustaining growth and enhancing the quality of life for all Nigerians.
In alignment with this commitment and the spirit of patriotism, our dedicated Officers executed a series of operations resulting in the interception and seizure of 7,029 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice. These decisive actions took place at -arious times and locations within the border corridors of the South-Western states. The objective was twofold: to discourage potential traders from engaging in muggling activities and to inflict financial losses on active smugglers. Beyond the parboiled rice seizures, our operations yielded significant results
September, with the interception of various goods. These include:
a. 35,100 liters of premium motor spirit (PMS)
b. 1,100 liters of diesel
1 40-foot container carrying 360 bales of used clothes
1 40-foot container containing 150 cartons of ladies’ handbags,
50 bales of nickers, and other falsely declared items
1120- coller of unprocessed wood 106 cartons of foreign frozen poultry
55 pieces of used fridges
110 pieces of used compressors
148 cartons of foreign soap
121 cartons of expired hair oil
25 units of vehicles (Tokunbo)
Investigations into some of these seizures are ongoing. Fourteen suspects
have been apprehended in connection with various offenses, including violating import/export guidelines, concealment, undervaluation, wrong classification, smuggling, and contravening policy directives. 6. The cumulative duty paid value of the intercepted goods amounts to an impressive One Billion, Seven Hundred and Fifty-five Million, Eighty Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety-eight Naira (1,755,080,898).
Furthermore, the Unit generated Seventy-two Million, Eight Hundred and Seven Thousand, Twenty-five Naira, Eleven Kobo (N72,807,025.11) in revenue through meticulous documentary checks and the issuance of demand notices on consignments that were found to have paid lesser amounts than the appropriate customs duty.
Importers and licensed agents are urged to make sincere declarations. adhere to existing import and export guidelines, and avoid the risk of losing their investments. Compliance is not only a legal obligation but also a strategic choice that ensures the smooth and efficient flow of goods across our borders.
In conclusion, I extend my gratitude for your attention and your role in disseminating this vital information. Together, as responsible stakeholders, we can safeguard our nation’s economy and contribute to the welfare of our fellow citizens.