By Concise News correspondents
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’ Ikeja of the Nigerian Customs Service has arraigned two Chinese smugglers Shu Xiang Quan and Wu Sheng He as well as their Nigerian accomplice, Ugochukwu Frank, before Hon. Justice Mohammed Hassan of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos State.
They were charged on Thursday 29th December 2016 on four (4) counts charge of storing and exporting prohibited items.
The three suspects were remanded in Ikoyi Prison for trial as the case was adjourned to January 5th and 23rd, 2017 respectively.
Badejogbin David ESQ who led the legal team of the Nigeria Customs Service prayed that the court expedite the legal proceedings to serve as deterrent to others.
The FOU arrested a total of 22 suspects in the month of December and made a total sum of N1.3bn during the time period. In the same Dec 2016, the Seme customs command claimed it grossed N1.5bn revenue at the Seme border from duties ad taxes.
You will recall that part of the responsibility of the Federal Operations Unit is to enforce different International protocols and conventions that have continued to increase the responsibilities of the Nigeria Customs Service most especially in area of trade facilitation.
The Controller Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu, said that the United Nations chatter on preservation of endangers species entails that Customs Administrations globally protect wild life by intercepting illegal trade on such animals.
The comptroller said that the seized tusks and unprocessed animal skin would be handed over to the Nigeria Environment Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for further action. He said his Unit would not relent in its effort in intercepting all contraband from either going out or coming into the country.
In the month under review, 126 different seizures were recorded comprising raw hide/skin, elephant tusks, foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp and various general merchandise.