The Federal Operation Unit (FOU), Zone ‘C’, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), with headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, has said that it has placed transporters plying from Lagos to the eastern zone of the country on intense surveillance to check from conveying contraband.
The FOU Zone ‘C’ Controller, Deputy Comptroller Victor David Dimka, stated this while taking journalists round the Cone on inspection of seized contraband goods, including 22 vehicles, refrigerators, fabrics, used clothing and frozen turkey, among others, worth N317 million allegedly smuggled into the country.
Dimka said that, henceforth, any vehicle that was arrested three consecutive times would be placed on 100 per cent check, adding that any driver caught has labeled himself a smuggler.
He warned transport company owners to either desist from using their vehicles to perpetrate smuggling, or educate their drivers, as Customs officers are set to carry out their obligations of reducing smuggling in the zone.
Describing smuggling as injurious to both human health and to the economy of the country, Dimka advised smugglers and intending ones to beware and avoid the wrath of the law.
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