The Comptroller, Zone B, Alhaji Abdullahi .B. Hamisu on Wednesday said the Nigerian Customs under his command between September 30 to November 16, 2021. has seized smuggled goods worth over three hundred and ninety million, nine hundred and ninety-two thousand, six hundred and seventy four Naira, eight kobo (N390,992,674,8k)
He mentioned items recovered from smugglers as; 944 bags of 50kg foreign rice, 98 vehicles, 524 kegs of vegetable cooking oil and 669 cartons of foreign spaghetti and macaroni.
Other items seized, are 100 cartons of cigarettes and 153 cartons of foreign EVA and GIV Soap.
Also listed, were 249 bales of foreign second hand clothing, 29 cartons of foreign tinned tomato paste, 70 cartons of foreign Ginny Milky Creamer, 13 kegs of Automative Gas Oil (AGO) and 2 bags of foreign refined sugar.
“We have 944 bags of foreign rice in 50kg. Our officers are on ground and nobody can compromise the policy of rice because of advantages of local production.
According to him, the command has seized 98 Motorcycles, 33 units of vehicles, 18 means of conveyance, that carried smuggled goods and the other 15, smuggled vehicles imported through land borders.
He further added that, 524 kegs of foreign vegetable oil. These products Produced locally.669 cartons of spaghetti and macaroni.” He said
He said 70 cartons of foreign Milky Creamer, 249 bails of smuggled second-hand clothing. Second-hand clothing
has also been seized from smugglers
According to him, the command also has 100 cartons of cigarettes, 153 cartons of foreign Eva and GIV soap seized from smugglers.
He said business owners in Nigeria have established a factory to produce some of those important items in Nigeria and wondered why the mad rush for smuggling.
According to him, ” this is also an area where customs can never compromise because it affects growth of our indigenous textile industry, adding that “29 cartons of foreign tomato paste, 2 bags of foreign refined sugar and 153 cartons foreign EVA and GIV soap were also smuggled.”
He explained that the seizures were done from various areas of customs coverage.
The Comptroller appealed to communities in border areas to partner the service in protecting Nigeria’s economy, adding that, the level of commitment from border communities has given the command lots of concern, as they preferred to wine and dine with smugglers.
The comptroller, while appealing to people at the borders to cooperate with them to ensure the protection of the economy, urged everyone within the border vicinity to shun all forms of illicit businesses.
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