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Officials of Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) Zone B have made a total of 71 seizures of contraband goods with a duty of N126.8m in the months of August and September, 2018.
The Deputy Comptroller of Customs (DCC) and National Coordinator of the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) Strike Force, Alhaji Abdullahi Dahiru Kirawa disclosed that official raids of men of Customs Service led to the seizures.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna, yesterday, shortly after inspection of the seizures, Alhaji Kirawa gave the breakdown of the seizures to include 3,983 bags of 50kg assorted rice, 393 jerry cans of 25 litres of vegetable oil and 456 bales of second hand clothing.
Other items included 70 bags of 50kg sugar, 50 cartons of spaghetti and 49 various types of vehicles suspected to have been smuggled through land borders popularly called tokunbo and brand new ones.
According to him, the strike force was set up with the mandate to ensure effective suppression of smuggling, facilitation of trade and increase in revenue generation, as well as collection through enhanced, well stepped up and coordinated enforcement duties by patrolling the nooks and crannies of the country.
He said: “We advise the trading public to conduct their businesses within ambit of the law, as the renewed vigour of the Strike Force officers and men will not relent in its efforts by ensuring that die hard smugglers are arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.”When asked what would happen to the seized goods, he said most of the goods, particularly food items and clothing would be taken to IDP camps, while others like the vehicles, if not cleared within a stipulated period, would be auctioned according to laid down procedures.