Nigerian Customs, zone ‘B’ , Kaduna, has made seizure of contrand goods worth N126, 827, 630. 00, for the month of August to September 20, 2018.
Briefing journalists, the National Coordinator of Comptroller General of Customs’ (CGC) Strike Force, Deputy Comptroller (DC), Abdullahi Musa Kirawa said the items were smuggled through land borders.
DC Kirawa gave the breakdown of the goods seized to include 3,983 bags of rice of 50kg each, 393 Jerry-cans of vegetable oil of 25 litres each, 456 bales of second hand clothings, 70 bags of sugar of 50kg each, 50 cartons of spaghetti and 49 vehicles.
He disclosed that it was through the support of CGC and his management team which provided logistics and improved welfare of officers and men that the feat in seizure was achieved within a short period.
He said, “We wish to state in a very clear terms that we appreciate the support of our colleagues and that of sister agencies without which this success won’t have been achieved.
“We advise the trading public to conduct their business within the ambit of the law, as the renewed vigour by the Strike Force officers and men will not relent in its efforts by ensuring that die-hard smugglers are arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.
“We call on all, especially our friends in the business community and the media to partner with us to make Nigeria a better place for all where industrialization supports youth employment.
“We are warning smugglers to desist from this illegal and prohibited trade to look for legal and lawful business to do so that our country can develop and progress”.
The Customs boss recalled that the CGC had in his speech to inaugurate the Strike Force in July, charged the Force with the mandate to ensuring effective suppression of smuggling and increase revenue generation by patrolling nooks and crannies of the country.