In a bid to carry out the assignment of suppression of smuggling and combating all anti-economic activities in all its ramifications, the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ of the Nigeria Customs Service in Kaduna has recorded Two Hundred and Forty-Two seizures of Twenty-One different Items worth Total Duty Paid Value of N2.8 billion.
The Comptroller, FOU Zone’B’ Kaduna, Dalha Wada Chedi in a press release disclosed that this feat was achieved during the ember months and since his assumption of duty at the unit.
He reiterated that the closure of all land borders with Niger Republic is in full force and he assured that the Unit will continue to ensure full compliance with the directives of the leadership and management of the Nigeria Customs Service saddled with the duty of implementing the Federal Government directives.
Comptroller Wada emphasized that the Unit will continue to leverage on the policy thrust of the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi in terms of all operational processes aimed at achieving optimal results.
He however called on all stakeholders, especially traders and business people, including all Nigerians to eschew all activities that are in violation of the customs extant laws.
Comptroller Wada made a review of the seizure and made it clear that the Unit is fully prepared to fight against every form of smuggling activities in the yuletide period.
” 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, 18 Means of conveyance, 2991 Bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice (50Kg each), 25 Bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice (25Kg each), 292 Foreign Refined Vegetable Oils (25litres each) , 2131 Cartons of Spaghetti, Macaroni & Couscous, 640 Bales of Foreign Secondhand Clothing, 147 Sacks of Foreign Secondhand shoes, 360 Cartons of Frozen Poultry Products,120 Cartons of Foreign Pomade, 98 Pieces of Foreign Jack Knives,34 Cartons of Foreign Condensed Milk, 1972 Jerry cans of PMS (25 litres each),20 Bundles of Foreign Used Tyres,16 Cartons of Foreign Hookah (Tobacco), 337 Cartons of Foreign Cigarettes ,78 Cartons of Foreign Medicaments,870 pieces Foreign Machetes, 212 Cartons of Foreign Milky Creamer, 76 Bags of Ammonium Sulphate (25Kg each), 76 Cartons of expired seasoning, 10 Bags of Foreign Flour”.
” 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″.
” I like to register my profound gratitude to our critical partners the Military, Nigeria Police Force, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and all other sister agencies and to assure them that the Unit will continue to partner with them accordingly”.
” In line with our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), all items seized that are more relevant to our sister agencies’ mandate will be handed over to them in the course of this show case specifically NAFDAC where our Unit today will hand over all seized Pharmaceuticals items tothem for further investigation and prosecution wherever possible”. he added.