Customs confiscated smuggled rice, used tires, diesel and other items worth N 51.2 million


The Comptroller of Customs, FOU, Adesanmi Omiye, shows some of the confiscated items in Bauchi


As part of its efforts to combat smuggling in the country, the Nigerian Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone “D”, has stated that its employees have confiscated diesel, insecticides, textile materials, vehicles, used tires and rice valued at N51,238,235 million within five months.

This was announced by the auditor FOU, consisting of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Benue and Nassarawa, Adesanmi Omiye, at a press conference on Thursday at the Zonal headquarters in Bauchi.

Auditor Omiye said the seizures from February to June 2021 included a 33,900 liter vehicle packed in 565 bags valued at 12,910,250 N, adding that they were seized near Otukpa, Benue state .

He added that other seizures included 24 bundles of foreign textile materials with a DPV of N8,880,000, four vehicles with a customs value of N5.130,000 and 27 bales of used clothing with a customs value of N4,860,000.

“In addition to blocking and suppressing smuggling within the zone, the agents of the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘D’ Bauchi confiscated 565 sacks each containing 60 liters of vehicle / petroleum products (diesel) with a total value of 33,900 liters with a DPV of N12.910.250 .

“Twenty-four (24) bundles of foreign textile material with a DPV of N8,880,000.00, four used vehicles with a DPV of N5,130,000.00, 27 bales of second-hand clothing with a DPV of N4,860,000.00 and 236 boxes of foreign items Soap with DPV of N1,556,500.00.

“Others are 143 foreign parboiled rice with a DPV of N3,776,000.00, 196 boxes of foreign spaghetti with a DPV of N1,411,200.00, 60 canisters of vegetable oil with a DPV of N1,440,000.00 and 52 used Tukumbo tires a DPV of N624 0.000.00.

“The total DPV of all seizures is N51,238,235.00,” he said.

The Zonal Auditor said that the actions of customs officers were in accordance with the provisions of Section 8 and Section 158 (Free Patrol Authority) of the Customs and Excise Administration Act (CEMA) Cap C45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, as amended stand.

In an interview with journalists, The Comptroller said the diesel was confiscated in Otukpa, Benue state, and from our little investigation it appears to have come all the way out of Port Harcourt, loaded with 565 bags of diesel.

“The Nigerian Customs Service assures the public that none of this will escape our eagle eyes.” He said.

Some of the items collected by the Nigerian Customs Service in Bauchi. were intercepted

The chief of customs stated that these “unprecedented seizures” were the result of information sharing, intelligence gathering, and the tenacity of the officers / men of the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘D’ to make the zone unbearable for smugglers.

He warned smugglers to give up their shameful activities and get a better job, vowing that “the Nigerian Customs Service will not rest on their oars but will make sure that we make this zone unbearable for them and eliminate it”.


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