The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Zone D, has seized smuggled goods worth N500 million across the 9 states in the northern part of the country.
The Comptroller of the zone, Mr Peters Olugboyega, made the disclosure while briefing Journalists in Bauchi state, adding that the goods were seized from various locations in the zone.
The Zone D of the Service with its headquarters in Bauchi, comprised of Borno,Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe, Plateau, Benue and Nassarawa states
Olugbenga said the seized goods include: 1,963 cartons of Spaghetti, 780 gallons of vegetable Oil, 300 bags of parboiled rice concealed in BUA Sugar bags and 90 Bales of second hand clothing, among others.
According to him, the goods were accosted while being transported in three J5 Buses and two trucks at different locations.
”The truck carrying 1,963 cartons of Spaghetti and 780 Jerrycans of Vegetable oil was yesterday impounded along Potiskum-Gombe road. The three J5 buses conveying 90 Bales of second hand clothing, each fully loaded with 30 Bales were today impounded by our personnel on patrol along Kano-Bauchi road
“The Mercedes-Benz truck with the concealed bags of Rice was impounded by our men along Jos-Bauchi road on last Saturday.The total worth of the goods is about N500 million, ” he said.
The Comptroller noted that smuggling, had over time affected the country economy, leading to huge losses in the revenue drive of the country.
Olugbenga reiterated the commitment of the Service to reduce the menace to the barest minimum.
He said that drivers of the vehicles carrying the smuggled items were arrested and would soon be prosecuted alongside the smugglers.