The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), headquarters compliance team, ‘C’ has arrested two trucks and a bus laden with contraband goods worth several millions of Naira.
The Compliance team which comprised of officers from Ogun/Oyo stated that it intercepted one used Iveco truck with registration number SUC 527 XA, suspected to be carrying prohibited goods.
In a Press statement made available to TRANSPORT & MARITIME ONLINE, the leader of the team, Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Abdulmaruf Shittu said the officers acted on a tip off along the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode Expressway.
Speaking further, he stated that the truck was taken to Customs house Ibadan on the same day where 100 per cent examination was conducted in accordance with laid down procedures.
“The examination revealed nine hundred and fifty (950) cartons of brand new foreign shoes totalling twenty three thousand, three hundred and forty (23,340) pairs and thirty (30) jumbo sacks of local slippers, totalling eight hundred and sixteen (816) pairs which was used to neatly conceal the items.”
In another development, the team leader disclosed that on 2 May, 2016 the team while on routine patrol intercepted a Mercedes Benz truck with registration number LSk 835 XP.
The team leader confirmed that the truck was taken to Headquarters of the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Ikeja where a physical examination was conducted which revealed that the truck was laden with three hundred and five (305) pieces of used tryes and large quantities of soaps, used clothings, detergents, large quantities of blenders, one hundred and thirty six (136) giant cartons of cosmetics, one hundred and forty five (145) cartons of pampers etc.
“it is pertinent to note that some of the items mentioned does not fall into the prohibition list but we had to confiscate them as means of concealment in line with the extant laws.
Giving a further insight, the team leader also disclosed that the team intercepted a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number GUE 60 XA along the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode expressway, laden with thirty (30) bales of second hand clothings. The goods were domiciled in the Customs facility at Ikeja.
He expressed appreciation with the NCS Management for their support and promised to take the fight against smuggling to a greater level that will compel compliance with the would be smugglers.
The team leader further assured that his team in collaboration with the other anti-smuggling units has the capacity and capability to degrade smugglers.
“We are not unmindful of their desperation to smuggle, in terms of going the extra miles, using any available strategy. The good news is that we are always several steps ahead of them.”
“The task of policing the entire area under our coverage is a responsibility that we cannot afford to abdicate”. We are not oblivious of the expectation of the Nigeria Custom Service Management, in terms of optimal performance, hence our desire to make them proud.
“The Nigeria Custom Service has risen up to this challenge and will not rest on its oars until we suppress smuggling to barest minimum.”