Nigerian Customs Service intercepts goods worth over N126 million

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Zone “B” Strike force says it has intercepted 49 vehicles and various contraband Items with duty paid value of over N126.8 million Naira.

Deputy Controller of Customs and the National Coordinator, Controller General of Customs, Abdullahi Kirawa said the strike force made the revelation while addressing newsmen on the seizures in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

He said the items were impounded between August and September on Kaduna- axis roads and they include 13,983 bags of rice and 3983 jerry cans of vegetable oil.

According to him, they also seized 456 bales of second hand clothing, 70 bags of sugar (50kg) and 50 cartons of spaghetti amongst other items

Kirawa stated that Customs acted on a tip-off from a good Nigerian, saying, with efforts put in place, smuggling has reduced to the barest minimum within the axis.

”Strike force officers and men will not relent in their efforts in ensuring die-hard smugglers are arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others. Smuggling is an act of economic sabotage which the command would not tolerate.”

The Deputy Controller further explained that, the CG strike force has the mandate to ensure effective suppression of smuggling and to facilitate increase revenue generation.

He further called on Nigerians to avail them information on smuggling activities and also conduct their businesses within the ambit of the law.