The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) says it has confiscated various items with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N54 million in Zone B from June to date that cover the Kano / Jigawa axis, a senior NCS official in Kano said .
DC Oseni Aliyu-Olorukoba, Coordinator of Strike Force Zone B of the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC), said this Tuesday at a press conference on the unit’s achievements in the three months since June.
Aliyu-Olorukoba said the seizures included five vehicles, two motorcycles, 20 bales of used clothing, 50 cans of foreign vegetable oil, 279 bags of foreign rice, 675 boxes of foreign tomatoes and 1,517 boxes of foreign soap.
He urged the traditional rulers in the region to enlighten their subjects so that they understand that smuggling is an act of sabotage the development and revenue of the nation.
âIn line with the CGC’s zero tolerance policy on smuggling, the CGC Strike Force, Zone B, is here to carry out the CGC’s orders to ensure that we root out all forms of smuggling along the Kano / Jigawa axis.
âThis is a warning to all would-be smugglers to put an end to it because there is nowhere to hide. Such groups will not only lose their investments but will also be arrested and prosecuted, âhe said.
Aliyu-Olorukoba condemned the relentless attacks by suspected smugglers on NCS staff on duty and said the media should step up efforts to educate the public about the dangers associated with smuggling.