The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone D, Bauchi, has seized contraband pangolin scales with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N432 million.
Mr Umar Abdullahi, spokesman of the Zone, who disclosed this at a news conference on Monday, said the scales weighed about 216kg, adding that the possession of the scales contravened Section 63 of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP 45 Laws of Nigeria.
He further said, “The Comptroller, FOU Zone ‘D’ Bauchi, Mr Joseph Adelaja, acting on credible intelligence, deployed operatives who raided a makeshift shop at a motor park along the Sangere-Yola axis in Adamawa State on May 11, and evacuated four sacks and one small sack of pangolin scales.
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“The evacuated sacks of pangolin scales were weighed to be a total of 216kg with a total DPV of N432,000,000.” (NAN)