Nigeria Customs Service seizes goods worth N304m in Kaduna

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The Zone B of Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Kaduna, said it had seized smuggled goods valued at over N304.39 million in August 2019.

The Comptroller of the command, Mustafa Sarkin-Kebbi said at a media briefing in Kaduna, that the seizures were made from the month of August 2019 within the command’s area of operation.

He said that 238 seizures were made within August 2019 across the 11 states in the zone.

According to him, the seizure included 56 vehicles and 4,893 bags of rice.

Other include 677 bags of sugar; 1,212 cartons of noodles, 391 bales of second hand clothing and 982 jerry cans of 25 litres of vegetable oil.

He said there were also 21 cartons of tomato paste, one motorcycle and three cartons of Codeine syrup.

Sarkin-Kebbi disclosed that seven suspects were apprehended during the period.

“Another seizure of 318 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 149 bags re-bagged in local sacks and 85 jerry cans of vegetable oil were made at Mando garage, Kaduna.’’ he added.

He noted that all operations were carried out in line with Section 147 of the Customs Act which empowers the service to search premises and Section 158 which empowers it to patrol freely.

He said: “The briefing is a follow up to the sensitisation programme held on Oct. 2, 2019 on the importance of partial Border closure.’’

According to him, the border closure is with the aim of safeguarding the nation’s economic and food security.

Peace PIAK