Customs intercepts N236 million worth of contraband in Kaduna

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Continuing the ongoing efforts of Customs Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone “B” Kaduna, Unit has recorded 105 seizures valued at N236,834,525.53 effective April 26 through June 29, 2022 at various locations within the zone .

The unit’s Comptroller, Albashir Hamisu, made the announcement to journalists during a press conference in Kaduna, where journalists were shown around the confiscated goods.

The items seized include 882 bags of foreign parboiled rice in 100kg, 50kg and 25kg bags, of which 34 were refined in 17 bags of 100kg local beans and 38 in 18 bags hidden with 100 kg of local corn, 11 vehicle units and 124 boxes of unregistered pharmaceutical products.

Other items include 273 gallons of 30-liter Premium Motor Gasoline (PMS), 177 bales of foreign second-hand clothing, 282 boxes of foreign spaghetti and macaroni, 73 pieces of foreign used tires, and 52 bundles of foreign new textiles.

The rest are 22 bags of 25 kg foreign milk powder, 11 vehicle units, including 6 units of used vehicles and 5 means of transport, 6 bags of foreign used bags, 6 boxes of foreign milk whitener, 3.5 bags of foreign used shoes , 40 pieces can of foreign condensed milk and 1 Mysack foreign new sheets.

The Comptroller also received an award from the Kaduna State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in recognition of the Comptroller’s sporting achievement by State Chairman Isaiah Benjamin and Secretary Jacob Onjewu Dickson.

Comptroller Hamisu attributed the unit’s success to improved capacity as a result of logistics and support from the Customs Headquarters, inter-agency cooperation and the sharing of information between sister agencies, as well as information from patriotic Nigerians.

He bemoaned the smugglers’ persistence in sabotaging government efforts by promoting local industries, stressing that customs will leave no stone unturned in keeping activity of all forms of smuggling in check.

“Our operations are intelligently managed and the information received is treated with the utmost confidentiality because together we can save this country by protecting our local industries.

“So I urge those involved in this economic sabotage to refrain and engage in profitable business as it is a wasted investment. We will continue to pursue them until we get them to ensure we reduce all forms of smuggling to the next minimum,” he said.

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