Segun Oladipupo. |
Kebbi state command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday said it made a total of 227 seizures of different smuggled items in the year 2020
The command disclosed that the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items amounted to three hundred and twenty million, seven hundred and one thousand, and five hundred and sixty six naira (N320,701,566).
For perishable and inflammable items, the command said it made a total of thirty five million, three hundred and twenty nine thousand naira (N35, 329,009) from auctioning them.
In a press statement signed by the Comptroller of the command, Comptroller Hafiz Kalla, the items were intercepted at different locations under the Command, notably Kamba, Kangiwa and Yauri axis.
Breakdown of the seizures include; Three hundred and thirty three (333) packs of 1KG of Cannabis Sativa (Indian hemp), Two (2) sacks of Diazepam 5mg drugs and one hundred and twenty one (121) sacks of Power Snuff.
Three thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine (3,999) bags of 50KG of Foreign Fertilizers.
Two thousand and twenty one (2,021) bags of 50KG, nineteen (19) bags of 100KG and twenty (20) cartons of 25KG each of Foreign Parboiled rice.
Six hundred and seven (607) Bales of Second hand clothing and sixty eight (68) sacks of new and used Foot Wears.
Twenty three thousand, four hundred and fifty (23,450) pieces of New Textile Materials.
Three hundred and ninety five (395) kegs of 25 Litres of imported Palm Oil and Vegetable Oil, Ninety one (91) bags of Foreign Sugar of 50KG.
Four truckloads of Hides and Skins,
two hundred and fifty six (256) cartons of Lightening Cream
One hundred and fifteen (115) sacks and thirteen (13) sacks of Potassium Nitrates and Sodium Cyanides respectively.
Two hundred and sixty (260) Jerk Knives, Seventy (70) units of Used Vehicles; and other sundry items.
The Controller added that the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the items stood at three hundred and twenty million, seven hundred and one thousand, and five hundred and sixty six naira (320,701,566).
The Command equally seized and auctioned one hundred and twenty six thousand, and five Litres (126,005L) of PMS and diesel along with other perishable items thereby generating a total sum of thirty five million, three hundred and twenty nine thousand naira (N35, 329,000) as fees from the auction sales, and remitted same to the Federation Account in accordance with extant laws. Five (5) suspects were arrested in connection with some of the smuggled items and have since been granted Administrative bail.
Kalla attributed the success in to hard work, due diligence and constant vigilance by officers and men on operation with help of other units in the command as well as other relevant security agencies through collaboration and intelligence sharing.
“On a final note, I would like to reiterate our commitment to stemming the tide of smuggling. I would equally like to seize this opportunity and call on the general public in this State and specifically those in the Border areas and relevant stakeholders to continue to cooperate with us and help us with useful information in order to protect our country from importation of goods injurious to our health and the nation’s economy,” he promised
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