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Emmanuel Udom-Managing Editor, Stephen Dijo Philemon-Deputy Editor, Janet Udom-Senior Correspondent, Precious Udom-Senior Correspondent, Williams Ita-Bureau Chief(Akwa Ibom/Cross River), Fabian Idoko-Senior Correspondent

    Manufacturer's Representative Import Export General Merchandise Contract Adress: Araromi Quarters, Owode Area, Ifo, Ogun state, Nigeria P.O.Box 2632, Oshiodi, Lagos Telephone: 2348166719412

    Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    We never broke into any warehouse -FOU PRO

    From Matthew Aramunde

    Consequent upon the near break down of law and order at Sango area of Ogun state, south-west Nigeria by hoodlum and miscreants who took advantage of the supposedly breaking open of ware house in Sango market by men of the Federal Operations Unit Ikeja of Customs of Nigeria ,the Public Relations officer of the unit, Mr. Jerry Attah has said there are no iota of truth in the story that is making the rounds.

    In an exclusive interview with our correspondent at his Ikeja office, Attah stated that what actually transpired was that based on intelligence report by the intelligence unit of the Nigeria Customs, it was discovered that smugglers in their bid to beat the water tight security measures, have now adopted new measure to halt their nefarious activities  by the Custom service  and have resorted to the use of motorcycle popularly called Okada to ferry across  through illegal routes banned items.

    He further stated that however the cutting edge technology employed by the intelligence unit, led them to a certain ware house in the Sango area of Ogun State where these motorcyclist eventually dumps their their illegally imported goods and that prompted by their effrontery, the men of FOU swarmed on the said ware house and was able to cart away seven trucks load of bags of different varieties of parboiled rice and sizeable numbers of containers of ground nut oil.

    He expressed shock at the report that the men of the unit broke into lock ups shop to retrieve the said imported banned goods stressing that though the Customs is legally bound to intercepts any goods that falls under the category of banned or restricted goods but  that the items retrieved by his men were those that were neatly arranged outside the said ware house.

    He gave the import duty that should have been paid on the said items that includes 1,870 bags of parboiled rice and 45 kegs of vegetable oil that his men were able to retrieve as twelve million ,forty-five thousand and fifty hundred Naira even as he said that there were other items that couldn't be recovered  as the day broke on.

    'You must agree with me that if the operation had been carried on in the day time, it would have led to numerous causality and to prevent this, our men did not go back to the said ware house to retrieve other offensives the seven truck couldn't cart away at a go,so the story that that there was a clash with our men did not hold facts as the operation was carried between 3am -4 am when these smugglers and their allies were dead asleep. Attah intoned

    He therefore called on those who brought in the goods to come up with relevant documents to verify that they never breach the laws on the importation of foreign goods rather than go to curry sentiments by causing upheavals via miscreants and hoodlums to cause mayhem and arson

     It will be recalled that in the early hours of Wednesday morning, most resident of Sango and its environs woke up to behold wild protest by street urchins and hoodlums in their hundreds who are alleged to sympathetic to the rice smugglers took over major streets vandalizing shops and damaging wind shield of motorists, while commuters took to their heels as others scampered for safety

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