The Federal Operations Unit Zone B of the Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that it recorded 130 seizures worth N305m between January to February 2023.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Zone, Suleiman Isah, said nine units of used vehicles, two units of means of conveyance, 724 bags of foreign rice 50kg each, six cartons of foreign machetes, 163 jerrycans vegetable oil, 25 litres each and 646 cartons of foreign spaghetti and macaroni were also seized within the period under review.
“Other seized items are 90 bales of foreign secondhand clothing, 569 packs of foreign unregistered pharmaceutical products, 119 packs of unregistered tramadol, and tramaking 225mg, 17 sacks of foreign secondhand shoes, seven cartons of foreign cigarettes, 147 pieces of foreign jack knives, 50 cartons of foreign soap and
635 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit 25 litres each,” he said.
He said the items were seized in contravention of the Federal Government policies on imports and exports.
Isah said that goods were deposited at various Customs formations in the zone.
“In line with the extant laws and guidelines, the seized PMS was auctioned as directed by the NCS headquarters, and the proceeds were remitted to the coppers of the Federal Government,” he added.
He said that the operatives of the zone under the leadership of Comptroller Musa Jalo have stepped up on the fight against smuggling across the border areas to make more arrests and cause financial loss to the smugglers.
According to him, the commitment of the operatives of the unit to the fight against smugglers was responsible for the success recorded during this period.
Jalo called on the communities around the border areas to provide useful information that will assist the unit in achieving its mandate.
“Consider the operatives of the service as implementers of the Federal Government fiscal policies that are meant to improve and protect our industries, thereby, creating employment and boosting the economy of the country,” he advised.