Stories by JOSEPH UNDU
In a bid to curtail the menace of smuggling in Nigeria, the Coordinator of Nigeria Custom Service, Headquarters Monitoring Team Idiroko Axis, Deputy Comptroller Yahaya Biri Usman has called on Nigerians to support the Service in its Anti-smuggling crusade through genuine information that will aid in tracking smugglers and their illicit transactions.
Usman stated this recently while conducting the Journalists round the seized 810 cartons of smuggled poultry products estimated at N437400000 which his team intercepted; pointing out that his team has an effective synergy and collaboration with the resident Units and Commands of the Nigeria Customs Service and remain totally committed in eradicating the menace of smuggling.
This is coming on the heels of a renewed onslaught against smuggled frozen poultry products as a way of protecting local investors.
He expressed the determination of the team to explore avenues of ensuring practical compliance with the Headquarters directive on zero tolerance for smuggled poultry products, maintaining that the anticipated launch of “Operation Hawk Descend” by the Customs will further boost the operational pedigree of his team towards ensuring that fiscal policies of the Federal Government in terms of trade is jealously guided.
The Coordinator confirmed that his team alongside others are fully functionally equipped to tackle the hydra headed monster of smuggling and vowed that he will stop at nothing until sustainable success is achieved.
While fielding questions on the fate of the seized poultry products, the Usman responded that it will be destroyed and buried in a designated site at the NCS premises Ikeja under the watch of critical agencies of Government including NAFDAC.
He further expressed satisfaction with the Comptroller-General of Customs Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde CFR and his Management for the enormous support given to his team. As he also assured the media that he will continually do everything humanly possible to justify the confidence reposed in his team.