Leadership (Abuja)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Customs Raids Lagos Ports, Arrests Over 88 Miscreants

The men of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have arrested 88 people in a renewed onslaught against the nefarious activities of miscreants at the various seaports located in Lagos.

According to the Comptroller in charge of the FOU for the zone, Mr. Dan Ugo, the move was in furtherance of the desire of the Comptroller General of the service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko's resolve to sanitise the facilities to ensure enhance revenue for the country.

Addressing the media in Lagos yesterday, Ugo stated that the service embarked on the action owing to continued loss of huge revenue to the activities of the criminals, whom it described as posing as genuine users to unsuspecting members of the public.

Ugo said the raids were carried out recently and that in the end, over 88 suspected miscreants were arrested for questioning regarding their activities in the seaports and that those who do not have sufficient explanation would be charged to court by the police.

"A total of 88 suspects were arrested and so far, as I am speaking to you now, 14 of them who tendered genuine documents of identification have been released. Out of the remaining suspects, 25 of them have been charged to court while the remaining suspects were still being scrutinised to ascertain those with legitimate documents," he said.

He said the raid, which will be sustained was sequel to an earlier directive from the service's Comptroller General ordering the unit to ensure sanity at the various ports, saying the directive became necessary owing to the fact that the custom's chief had been inundated with series of petitions by genuine users.

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