By Seun Ibiyemi
Barely days, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) announced improved security measures in securing the nation’s borders against smuggling, the Customs Area Controller of Seme Area Command, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba, has disclosed that goods worth N40milion have been impounded.
He stated that the effort of the enforcement unit of the Command with regard to the suppression of smuggling is yielding remarkable results.
A statement made available to Nigerian NewsDirect by Public Relations Officer, Nuruddeen Abdulllahi on Monday, stated that within the last two weeks of August 2019, the command has arrested offensive items worth approximately N40million.
He explained further that one of the vehicle used for conveying the contrabanded goods is a Toyota Hiace bus (worth N2,907,450) of G- Express Company (with registration number ENU 962 ZK), believed to be coming from Ghana.
According to him, “Upon careful examination at the baggage inward hall, it was discovered to contain five (5) parcels of items suspected to be cannabis sativa concealed in the bus. Consequently, the bus driver, bus boy and the cargo handler were all promptly arrested and detained.
“The command in the spirit of inter-agency cooperation and synergy handed over the said items and the suspects to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further prosecution.”
Uba promised that the Nigeria Customs Service will continue to complement the efforts of the NDLEA in its fight to rid the nation of the illicit substances.
While highlighting the importance of making seizures with suspects, the Comptroller added that “we must continue to send the right signal to discourage other people from indulging in the despicable act of smuggling.”
Among other goods impound are 875x50bags of Foreign parboiled rice with DPV of N15,023,750; 20 parcels of cannabis sativa with street value worth of N516,180; 535 bales of used clothes with DPV of N17,259,769; 65 cartons of poultry products with DPV of N948,333.75.
Others are 269 baskets of fresh tomatoes; one basket of fresh peppers; seven sacks of cucumber and pineapples; 16 baskets of fresh okro (all perishable products coming from Benin Rep. which were earnestly auctioned off) with DPV of N367,471; 137×25 liter jerry cans of PMS with DPV of N287,700; 6x50kg of refined sugar with DPV of N147,640.50 and 12x25litres of vegetable oil with DPV of N131,625.90.
The Customs Area Controller reiterated the command’s commitment to the strict implementation of the federal government fiscal policies and the extant laws that govern the day to day operation of the service at the international corridor.