Determined to Combat smuggling to a standstill, the Federal Operations

Unit (F.O.U) Zone 'C' of Nigeria Customs Service has recorded an

unprecedented thirty-seven (37) seizures in the month of July within the

South East and South-South states of the federation with a Duty Paid Value

(DPV) of two hundred and fifty-two million, one hundred and twenty-six

thousand, eight hundred naira (N252,126,800.00)
The Customs Area Controller of the Unit, Dimka Victor David disclosed

while briefing the newsmen in Owerri that thirty-six (36) out of the

thirty-seven (37) seizures recorded, are vehicle ranging from Toyota

Highlander, Infinity jeep, Lexus jeep and cars, BMW, Toyota Avalon, Toyota

Corolla, and Toyota 4 Runner among others.
According to him, this is an indication of an increase in the number of

vehicles being smuggled in the zone within the period under review.

Dimka recalled that there was a similar increase of smuggling in rice

about five months ago but was effectively tackled and the smuggling

reduced to the barest minimum as well as that of imported frozen poultry

products done earlier in the year.
Additionally, Dimka said that the influx of imported furniture, second

hand clothing, foreign detergents and foot wears have equally been

frontally tackled and also the smuggling reduced to the barest minimum.

Being die-hard criminals who will always devise other means to ruin the

nation's economy with their illicit business, Dimka stated that smugglers

are now into smuggling of vehicles, but assured that his men have all it

takes to neutralize their antics and also ensure that those apprehended do

not go scot free with the smuggled vehicles.
He further assured that the unit will neither fold her arms nor sit on her

oars and watch the smugglers sabotage the nation's economy hence he

resolved that even the car dealers will subsequently be compelled to

present the vehicle clearing documents in their shops.

Dimka expressed immense gratitude to the Comptroller-general of Customs

Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde, CFR for his sustained support to the unit,

stressing that this has continued to spur officers and men of the unit to

greater height in the performance of their statutory duties of fighting

He therefore passionately implored members of the public with useful

information bordering on smuggling to volunteer such information to the

unit to enable them fish out smugglers from their various places of

hibernation within the zone.
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