Federal Operations Units (zone B) of the Nigerian Customs have seized smuggled goods worth N74, 338, 500 million duty paid value.
The Comptroller, Albashir Hamisu, who made the disclosure at the zone B Headquarters along Kaduna-Zaria highway while displaying some of the seized items, said the seizures were made from 7-15 February 2021.
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He listed some of the seized items to include 635 bags of 50 kg of foreign rice, 344 cartons of spaghetti, 31 jerrycans 25 litres of vegetable oil, 12 jerrycans 10 litres vegetable oil, 13 bags of 50kg sugar and 8 jerrycans of 5 litres vegetable oil.
Others are 149 cartons of milk flavour, 20 cartons of Ginny creamer, Oki condensed milk 6 cartons, used tires 183 pieces, 6 bales of second-hand clothing, 13 vehicles and 262 kegs of PMS .
“The duty paid value of these items is 74,338,500 million nairas and we made these seizures from 7-15 February 2021.
“There are more seizures deposited in various customs locations within the zone i.e Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states which couldn’t be brought down to the FOU Kaduna Headquarters due to distance and logistics,” he said.
He said the smugglers are getting cleaver by using smaller vehicles to smuggle rice into the country but that customs is ever ready to stop them from achieving their aims.
He further offered advice to smugglers to desist from smuggling and embrace legitimate businesses in the country.