The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone B, Kaduna, of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has has recorded 132 seizures worth over N690million in two months across various locations under the zone.
Briefing newsmen on the development yesterday, Comptroller Albashir Hamisu psc, who is in charge of the Unit, noted that the seizures were from August 25th, 2022 to October 27th, 2022.
Comptroller Hamisu highlighted some of the seizures to include; 749 Bags of 50Kg Foreign Parboiled rice; 758 Bales & sacks of Foreign Second Hand clothing, 533 cartons of Foreign Spaghetti & Macaroni; 473 Cartons of Foreign Pharmaceuticals; 245 pieces of Used tyres; 221 Premium Motor Spirit (PMS); 116 cartons of Foreign Female Shoes.
Other seized items were: 20 Units of Used imported Vehicles; 4 means of conveyance, 65 Bags of 25Kg Foreign Parboiled Rice; 14 Cartons of foreign body cream, 8 sacks of foreign used shoes; 9 bales of Foreign Second Hand Bags; 12 cartons of Foreign cigarettes & Tobacco snuff; 59x5Litres Foreign Vegetable Oil; 10x25litres Foreign Vegetable Oil; and 70 parcels of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana).
He noted that the Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seizures is N690, 821,657.94; even as he handed over the seized 70 parcels of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) to the representative of the Commander NDLEA Kaduna, Assistant Commander of Narcotics (ACN) Ado Ali Kubau.
While receiving the Canabis seizures, the representative of the NDLEA Commander AA Kubau commended the Customs Unit for the zeal and commitment despite the technicalities and complexity of arresting drugs of such nature.
Earlier, Comptroller Hamisu attributed the success of the Unit to sharing of intelligence among sister agencies and effective performance management.
He further enjoined the citizens to volunteer information to stem the menace of smuggling in Nigeria, while he thanked journalists for their determination in disseminating the efforts of the Service in anti-smuggling drive.