The coordinator of the CGC Strike Force, DC Shuaibu, Ahmadu Centre with some of his lieutenants.
Story by Dili Utomi.
STRIKE FORCE ZONE ‘A’ SEIZES ITEMS WORTH OVER #23.9B IN SEVEN MONTHS.
The Zone ‘A’ Unit of the Controller General of Customs Strike Force ably led by the indefatigable and assiduous Deputy Controller of Customs Ahmadu Shuaibu has continued to break records in terms of seized items of illegitimate trade and tariff payment.
A brief look into the record books shows these statistics for the year so far. In January, a total of 13 items with a duty paid value of (dpv) #141,619,069.00k were seized, in February, a total number of items seized were 8 with a dpv of #352,338,000.00k, in March 9 items with a dpv of #140,624,577.00 were seized, while in April, the the number of items seized were 9 with a dpv of #196,524,000.00k, in May, 17 items worth the dpv of #134,541,000.00k were seized, in June, 30 items with a dpv of #680,913,000.00k were seized and July had the record of seizures both in terms of the type of items seized and for the year so far. The seizures are unprecedented when it comes to the seizure of animal remains and for the month, a total of 30 items worth the dpv of #22,302,691,850.00k were seized. The major reason for the this figure is that elephant tusks, pangolin scales and claws formed the major items of seizure as these were items of major value in the international market. The total number of items seized therefore from January to July of 2021 stands at 87 with the dpv of #23,957,149,696.00k.
The Coordinator guiding the press through some seized items.
Also, over the period in consideration, a total of #1,931,167,767.00k was recorded as underpayments through the ICT unit of the Strike Force. It should be noted that under this same period, a total of 6 suspects have been apprehended and are undergoing the process of prosecution in courts of competent jurisdiction.
The CG of Customs, Col Ali (Rtd.) centre addressing the press during a seizure by the Team.
The sagacious tenacity of the officer in charge also known as the coordinator of the Strike Force Team, DC Shuaibu, A and the willing cooperation of his men has led to the record achievements and it is noteworthy that someone who is determined to dissuade entrenched smugglers from carrying on with their illegal activities is now in charge of the Zone ‘A’ Strike Force team.
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