Customs intercepts contraband worth 133.7m in one month

The Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service has impounded a total of 303 contraband goods with 10 suspects arrested last month.
The seized items have a Duty Paid Value of N133.7 million.
This is against 108 seizures valued at N112.2 million and 39 suspects arrested in the corresponding period of 2012.
Public Relations Officer of the unit, Mr. Uche Ejesieme told Ships & Ports that the feat in the volume of seizures recorded is as a result of the approach used by the command in apprehending the smugglers.

“We have been able to employ the concept of risk management, profiling coupled with the use of informants to apprehend these smugglers. That is why there is a bumber leap in the number of seizures we recorded last month”, Ehesieme said.
He said most of the suspects have been charged to court while investigation is still ongoing with some of the suspects.
The items impounded include hand bags, shoes, rice, and groundnut oil among others.

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