Comptroller Micheal UGBAGU (left), being handed the flag of authority by Comptroller Kayode Kolade at the FOU, Zone C, Owerri, Imo State.

By Innocent Orok

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone “C” has said that it seized contrabands worth N7,577,259,390.00 between January 25th, 2023 and April 19th, 2024.

The Outgoing Controller, Comptroller Kayode Kolade disclosed this in a farewell message while handing over to his successor and new Controller of the Unit, Comptroller Michael Ugbagu.

Comptroller Michael Ugbagu

KOLADE thanked the Comptroller General of Customs; Adewale Adeniyi, MFR and his entire management team for the trust and confidence bestowed on him to serve as Controller FOU C and for replacing him with Comptroller Ugbagu, “a thorough enforcement guru.”

“I am grateful to the Comptroller General of Customs; Adewale Adeniyi, MFR and his entire management team, for the trust and confidence bestowed on me from January 25th, 2023 to April 19th, 2024 as I handover the affairs of this Unit to another amiable Comptroller Michael Ugbagu, who is also a thorough enforcement guru”.

He also thanked officers of the Unit for their unparalleled support, commitment, dedication, handwork and prayers, adding that their support was the reason for his successes.

“ With all your support and cooperation, the Unit within my tenure was able to make substantial and spectacular seizures ; totaling 198 seizures with a duty paid value of N7,577,259,390.00 derived from five sacks of Pangolin scales weighing 413.1kg worth N523,356,390; 1,813 bags of 50KG each of
foreign parboiled rice worth N105, 105,000.;
815 SACKS of Cannabis Sativa weighing 17,950KG and 2,935 PARCELS (1KG EACH) weighing 2,935kg (totalling 20,885KG) worth N1,670,800,000″.

Other seizures and their breakdown are,DSP/CMC COUGH SYRUP WITH CODEINE, 31 CTNS CONTAINING 3,600 BOTTLES
N21,600,000, 52 Unit of Vehicles, including three ARMORED VEHICLES
N4,275,000,000, Explosive devices (9 sacks 50Kg of explosive materials/super power90 substance/cables worth N12,990,000 and
Used clothing/ shoes
1,807 Jumbo bales and
48 sacks of used
N451,750,000 and
N4,800,000, respectively among others.

Comptroller Kolade added that though FOU C is not a revenue generating Unit, but under his watch and based on interventions to checkmate the activities of fraudulent agents at the seaports, lots of lost revenues were recovered to the tune N155,819,714 within his 15 months in office.

He also reconstructed and equipped a Clinic at the Unit’s office, in Owerri, where Officers and Men, as well as members of the host community enjoy free health care services administered by the Unit’s qualified medical personnel.

In addition, to ensure a healthy work-life balance, he carved out a very spacious office for sports activities with fully installed gym equipment where officers and men can exercise.

He called on everyone to please extend same support and cooperation to his successor, Comptroller Micheal Ugbagu as he pilots the affairs of the Unit and wished him well. “I wish you well my brother. You will succeed and your legacies will be felt as well “, he said.

In his response, Comptroller Michael Ugbagu thanked the CGC and his entire management team for bestowing him with the mandate to oversee the affairs of FOU C. He also thanked Comptroller Kolade for his “highly commendable “ achievements while he held sway and pledged continued compliance with established guidelines.

“ We will ensure compliance with the current import and export guidelines using intelligence and technology to drive our operations. There will be a watertight security against smuggling activities across the zone. Smugglers will be discouraged, frustrated and made uncomfortable, thereby making smuggling, duty evasion and warehousing of smuggled goods unattractive within the zone “, he said.

Comptroller UGBAGU called for support and cooperation from the media and the general public to enable him carry out his new assignment.


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