By John Ogiji
Nigerian Customs’ Niger/Kogi Area Command said it had seized goods including exotic cars and consumer goods worth N755M over the past three months.
The goods include 101 units of exotic cars, clothes, carpets, mineral water, foreign wines, ketchup, spaghetti, basmati rice, tomato soup, foreign parboiled rice, whipped cream, vegetable oil and others.
Abubakar Mohammed Adamu, Comptroller of the Niger/Kogi area, showed the confiscated items at the command’s headquarters in Minna on Monday and said the seizure was possible because the command has intensified the war against smugglers in the area command lately.
He also pointed out that the use of various measures to ensure that the area becomes unaffordable for smugglers also contributed to the achievements during this period.
According to him, the confiscated goods also included 140 rolls of foreign carpets, 50 bales of second-hand clothing, 920 barrels of PMS, 8 motorcycles and 200 old tires.
“The Cumulative Customs Paid Value (DPV) for all the confiscated items was just seven hundred and fifty-five million three hundred and seventy-seven thousand eight hundred and sixty-six naira (N755,377,866.00),” Adamu added.
The Comptroller went on to say that this massive use of intelligence during operations also aids the command in operations, but added that “due to the application of rules of engagement during operations, there was no casualty.”
He also stated that with the posting of the Post Clearance Audit (PCA) and Assessment Officers to the Command, the Command was able to recover N74,919,135 N74,919,135 from demand notices and disposal of seized PMS.
Adamu warned smugglers operating within and around the Niger/Kogi Territory Command to stay clear as the federal government’s border closure policy at Babanna, the Command’s only border post, is still in effect, stressing that “it There will be no export or import activities across the border until further notice.
“Let me again warn smugglers and criminal elements that we will always uncover all the illegal avenues they will use for their nefarious activities, confiscate, arrest and cripple their illegitimates. To be forewarned is to be prepared,” he warned.
Adamu said the command has required traditional rulers to warn their wards and subjects to refrain from smuggling activities, while educating youth in border communities about the evils of smuggling and other related vices in Nigeria’s economy.