WorldStage Newsonline--The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja Lagos has destroyed over 6,000 cartons of assorted poultry products with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) N25.2 million.
The Area Controller, Comptroller Dan Ugo, who made this disclosure in a statement signed by the Unit’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Uche Ejesieme, said that the Unit had no choice other than to ensure strict compliance with the marching order of the Customs Comptroller General, Alhaji Dikko Inde Abdullahi and his management team on zero tolerance for importation of poultry products.
According to the statement, Ugo reiterated the determination of the unit to remain on top of its campaign through intensified intelligence networks which has proved very effective in the actualisation of its objectives.
“The CGC has provided the platform for these successes through his various capacity building programs aimed at equipping officers with the necessary skills for better performance,” Ugo said.
Ugo equally remarked that the unit will do everything within its powers to curtail the activities of smugglers.
The command recorded 984 seizures of assorted contraband items in the last four months.
The seizures represent over 50 percent increase when compared with the number of seizures recorded in the corresponding period last year.
Ugo who confirmed the figure attributed the significant progress made in its anti smuggling onslaught to the Comptroller General’s innovation in terms of staff motivation, capacity building and the provision of necessary working tools.
He vowed that despite the attitude of some unpatriotic Nigerians who are bent on cutting corners at all times; the unit will not rest on its oars in protecting the nation’s economy as well as its security.
He declared: “The unpatriotic attitude of some Nigerians who are bent on cutting corners at all times has always pose a big threat to us but we are not going to rest on our oars as we have a renewed vigour to confront these challenges headlong.”