Customs FOU seizes N529m contraband goods 

Customs FOU seizes N529m contraband goods 


The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone C, Owerri intercepted unregistered pharmaceutical products including tramadol as well as other contraband goods with a duty paid value of N529 million between January and February this year.

The FOUC Comptroller, Ali Ibrahim said this while showcasing the seized items in Owerri on Thursday.

Ibrahim said six suspects were arrested during the period under review adding that they had been granted administrative bail.

He also said that 640 cartons of unregistered pharmaceuticals worth N192 million, conveyed in a DAF heavy duty truck and one J5 transit bus were intercepted along the Okada/Benin axis.

He added that 1,650 bales of used clothing valued at N165 million were intercepted along the Umuikaa/Aba road while 181 units of 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice worth over N7.2 million were intercepted along the Akwa-Ibom/Calabar axis.

Also intercepted were 2,239 pieces of used pneumatic tyres valued at N4.5 million and 36,000 litres of smuggled petroleum products concealed in polyethylene bags, worth N3.6 million.

Also, eight vehicles without relevant customs documents including three Toyota Hilux of 2017, 2020 and 2021 models; one Land Cruiser Prado 2016 model; one Toyota Highlander 2014 and one Toyota Venza 2016 model among others were seized by the unit.