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Nigeria Customs rake-in over N74m in 3 months through smuggling cache – Comptroller

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Nigerian Customs, Niger/Kogi Area Command says it has generated over N74 million within three months of operations in Niger/Kogi Area Command in North Central Nigeria.

Comptroller of the Kogi/Niger Area Command, Comptroller Abubakar Mohammed Adamu, disclosed this to the media at the Command Headquarters in Minna, Niger State, north central Nigeria.

Comptroller Adamu, who said that 101 vehicles of different kinds and other items worth millions of naira were intercepted by officers of the Command, noted that the Command arrested 8 suspected smugglers and also intercepted goods worth millions of dollars within the period under review.

“Seizures include: 140 rolls of foreign rugs, 50 bales of second-hand clothes, 300 packs of Heinz beans, 50 packs of tomato ketchup, 40 cartons of foreign wine, 22 cartons of spaghetti, 100 packs of plum-peeled tomatoes, 100 cartons of Mushroom pieces and stems, and 30 cartons of Heinz vinegar.”

The Comptroller added that, “A Peugeot J5 Bus was also intercepted with goods such as 38 Cartons of Basmatic rice, 108 packs of whipped cream, 23 cartons of Skittles salad cream, 23 cartons of cookies, 18 packs of Nescafe, and 88 bags of 50 Kg foreign parboiled rice and 200 pieces of used tyres, 920 23,000 liters of PMS also found in others intercepted by Officers of the Nigerian Customs.,”

Comptroller Adamu further said the Area Command has been able to achieve the tremendous success through its new plans of enlightening the border communities on the ills of smuggling and other related vices on the Nigerian economy.

“We have been engaging youths and traditional leaders in assisting us to curtail the menace of smuggling in our various border communities,” he said.

Comptroller Adamu, who commended the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, for providing the command with 13 new Toyota Hilux and Gun trucks for operational purposes, said that the Command has presently reorganized its operations by creating additional roving teams in making their operations more efficient and easier.

The Niger/Kogi Area Comptroller, who also appreciated the support of other security agencies on the existing synergy, warned smugglers and other criminal elements of the Customs’ readiness in tackling their nefarious activities within the Command.

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