Smugglers Kill 6 Customs Men


The Federal Operation Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria lost six of his men to hoodlums suspected to be smugglers in the course of their duty in the first half of the year.

The controller in charge of FOU Zone A Comptroller Emmanuel Dede Kane made it known in his 6 months activity report. The command in the first half of the year recorded a total of 843 seizures comprising of textile materials, used tyres, vegetable oil, rice, used clothes, used shoes, used motorcycles, and vehicles.

The seizures which amount to total value of 453,304,222 while total duty is 88,948,830 and total DPV of 545,443,052 was recorded.

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Kane also revealed that a total number of 57 suspects were arrested within the period, most of them had been released on bail and three cases have been successfully prosecuted in the court and conviction had been secured.

Though the command is primarily enforcement in nature, still  a total revenue of 127,654,034.84 was accrued from underpayments and fees for the period under review, while other recent valuable seizures are yet to be properly examined and valued, Kane stated.

—Esther Komolafe

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