Customs make over 200 different seizures in Lagos

Nigerian Customs Service Strike Force unit of Zone ‘A’ has disclosed its shift of focus from import to identifying export irregularities as it announced fresh seizure of unprocessed wood, charcoal and coal.

The unit disclosed that it made an unprecedented record of over 200 various seizures in its anti-smuggling fight and raked in N4 Billion from January till date.

Coordinator of the Strike Force Unit, Deputy Comptroller Ahmadu Shuaibu, disclosed this in an interactive form with shipping correspondents in Lagos.

Shuaibu said, “We have changed the narrative from import dependent to export irregularities and infractions. We have the ICT unit that monitors the entire landscape of import, so where there is anything to raise suspicion, we put it to ICT, flagged it and it is positioned for 100 percent examination, the needful will be done right inside.

“We have that unit, so instead of allowing them to come out and thereafter we seize like when we started, now we have decided to shift our focus so that we deploy our energy and intelligence to export irregularities and record from our seizures, which we will showcase very soon have showed that there are a lot of irregularities in export. We have unprocessed wood, charcoal and coal that we have gathered just for two weeks.”

Reacting to incessant attacks on officers by smugglers, Shuaibu said the unit has deployed intelligence in its operation. This, he said, has helped to avert crisis and unwarranted attacks on officers.

He said the unit will continue to frustrate the antics of unscrupulous businessmen by inflicting financial loss on them.

“The risk is there in every aspect of life and we do risk analysis.