Lagos - The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ikeja, said on Wednesday that it impounded 335 contrabands valued at N133.7 million in February.
The Public Relations Officer of the unit, Mr Uche Ejesieme, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the command made 108 seizures valued at N112.2 million in the corresponding period of 2012.
Ejesieme said that 10 suspects were arrested in February in contrast to 39 suspects arrested in the same period of 2012.
``What we try to do here is to be a step or two ahead of these smugglers.
``We’ve been able to employ the concept of risk management, profiling, coupled with the use of informants to apprehend these smugglers.
``The period before now, we were not actually employing any kind of strategy but now the risk management concept is a strategy, which we have employed and it has been helping so wonderfully well.”
He attributed the large volume of seizures made in February to the approach used by the command.
“That is why you could see that there is a kind of bumper leap in the number of seizures we are having this period when compared with the result of last year.
“We are not stopping at that, this is just the beginning. We will continue to wreak havoc on these people because the CGC, Dr Abdullahi Dikko, (CFR) has actually motivated us.
``He has also provided logistics to help us achieve result and we are not ready to let the CGC and the management of customs down in this statutory function. ”
Ejesieme urged the smugglers to shun the smuggling of contrabands into the country.
He said the customs patrol team was able to overpower the smugglers with the ammunition provided by the customs management.
Ejesieme urged smugglers to desist from the unpatriotic act, adding that the service would not relent until smuggling is reduced.