July 25, 2024


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By Benson Ewedafe

The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Zone B, Kaduna has declared unprecedented seizures worth N2.8bn within the period of 2 months.

According to the Customs Area Controller of the Unit, Comptroller Dalha Chedi Wada, while disclosing this during a press briefing in Kaduna, he explained that the seizures were possible “through vigorous Customs host community relationship and partnership with all relevant agencies of government aimed to achieve seamless operations and synergies to ascertain national security and safety.”

In a press statemrnt issued by Sulaima Isa, Public Relations Officer of the Command hinexplainef to Journalists that “the Controller said: “l am happy to announce that so far, the Unit has recorded a total of Two Hundred and Forty-Two (264) seizures of 21 Different items between the date of my resumption and now, which also clearly speak of our resolve as a Unit to continue to improve on our strategies and overall performances by building on the strong foundations we inherited”.

He gave a breakdown of the seizures as follows: “l am also happy to present the statistics of the detentions and seizures made within the period under review with the Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Two Billion, Eight Hundred Eighty-Eight Million, Four Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety-Four Naira and Sixty-Eight Kobo ( N2,888,460,294.68) only.

“The breakdowns of the seized items are as follows;61 Used Vehicles 2,073,835,718.23; 18 Means of conveyance 236,386,387.47; 2991 Bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice (50Kg each) 202,202,737.20; 25 Bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice (25Kg each) 994,815.00; 292 Foreign Refined Vegetable Oils (25litres each) – 17,943.400.00; 2131 Cartons of Spaghetti, Macaroni & Couscous – 17,972,861.32; 640 Bales of Foreign Secondhand Clothing – 137,356,492.15; 147 Sacks of Foreign Secondhand shoes – 21,957,573.75; 360 Cartons of Frozen Poultry Product, 20,308,932.00;

Also intercepted are 120 Cartons of Foreign Pomade, 8,973,421.20; 98 Pieces of Foreign Jack Knives – 1,242,961.44; 34 Cartons of Foreign Condensed Milk – 3,808,451.20; 1972 Jerry cans of PMS (25 litres each) – 22,975,811.15; 20 Bundles of Foreign Used Tyres – 917,978.40; 16 Cartons of Foreign Hookah (Tobacco – 4,563,136.00; 337 Cartons of Foreign Cigarettes – 80,278,792.00; 78 Cartons of Foreign Medicaments – 3,580,115.76; 870 pieces Foreign Machetes – 7,586,186.85; 212 Cartons of Foreign Milky Creamer – 5,525,829.80; 76 Bags of Ammonium Sulphate (25Kg each) – 15,724,096.38; 76 Cartons of expired seasoning – 4,679,073.38; 10 Bags of Foreign Flour – 695,614.00.”

He assured that his Unit will continue to leverage on the policy thrust of the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR in terms of all operational processes aimed at achieving optimal results.

He said, “I call on all stakeholders, especially traders and business people, including all Nigerians to eschew all activities that are in violation of the customs extant laws, so that we can continue to respect ourselves and support the development and growth of our national objectives. The unit will leave no stone unturned to ensure that all acts of smuggling and anti-economic activities are fully challenged and the full force of the law brought to bear”

“We are not unaware that within the ember months and especially this yuletide period, many would want to engage in illegal activities, smugglers and all other unscrupulous traders are warned to steer clear of Zone B, our men are fully on ground and combat ready to act in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and as enshrined in the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023.”

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