By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
Men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Lagos have raked in N1.3billion and arrested two Chinese suspects in December, 2016.
The two Chinese suspects who were arrested in Lagos were Mr. Shu Xiang Quan and Mr. Wu Sheng He and a Nigerian Mr. Ugochukwu Frank have been arraigned before Justice Mohammed Hassan of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos State on Thursday 29th December 2016 on four counts charges.
The Public Relation Officer of the Unit, Mr Jerry Attah said its operatives arrested the three and recorded the amount after its Area Controller Haruna Mamudu directed personnel of the Unit to intensify their anti-smuggling campaign/ operations.
Last month, Attah said, 126 different seizures were recorded and the items included Raw Hide/Skin, Elephant tusks, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp and various general merchandise.
The seized tusks and unprocessed animal scale, he said, would be handed over to the Nigeria Environment Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for further action.
The Unit, based on its campaign, Attah said, intercepted various contrabands with a duty paid value of N893,873,250 and recovered N494,416,975 from duty payments and demand notices on vehicles and other general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations in the guise of false declaration, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment that are meant for the Federal Government.
The amount recorded by the Unit, according to Attah was N1,388,290,225.