The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone “D” of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Bauchi, has seized contraband worth N200 million between August and October.
This is contained in a statement by the Spokesman of the Command, Mr Umar Abdullahi on Monday in Bauchi.
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He listed the seized items to include 542 bags of 50 kilogrammes of foreign parboiled rice, four sacks containing 165kg of pangolin shells, 487 bags of Urea brand of fertilisers and 250 cartons of pasta.
Others were 191 bales of second-hand clothing, 110 keg of petrol, 70 cartons of foreign soaps, and 32 keg of 25 liters of kerosine, 130 kegs of 20 liters of engine oil and 10 bags of dried donkey skins.
He said that operatives of the Command also impounded seven vehicles used in conveying the prohibited items.
“The seizure is in line with provisions of Section 8 and Section 158 (Power to Patrol Freely) of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap. C45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, as amended.
“The unprecedented seizure within this short time was achieved as a result of sharing of information, intelligence gathering and doggedness of the officers and men of the unit in making the zone unbearable for smugglers.
“People have to know that eradicating smuggling in this country will boost the economy which will make the government provide social amenities to the citizenry,” he said.
The spokesman urged the people to provide credible information that would aid eradicate the menace.
The statement quoted the Head, of FOU Zone “D”, Comptroller, Musa Ibrahim-Jalo as reiterating commitment to rid the zone of smuggling.
The newsmen report that NCS FOU Zone “D”, comprises Bauchi, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Borno, Plateau, Benue, Gombe, and the Nasarawa States.
In another development, the Headquarters Sector 2, North-East Joint Task Force, Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Damaturu, has handed 98 parcels of Cannabis Sativa worth N4.9 million to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The Sector Commander, Maj.-Gen. Koko Isoni stated this while handing over the seized substances to the Agency on Monday in Damaturu.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Umar Mu’azu, the Commander said the substances were seized on Oct. 7, 2022 by troops of the 159 Battalion in Geidam Local Government Area of the state.
“It was abandoned by the courier including the vehicle conveying the consignment when he saw the patrol team,” he
In his remarks, the State Commandant of the Agency, Mr Aliyu Yahaya commended the army for the gesture, adding that each parcel of Cannabis costs N50,000.
Represented by Mr Ogar Peter, the Deputy State Commandant, Yahaya appreciated the synergy between the security agencies in the state.
“We are pleased to receive this exhibit. The gesture demonstrates the synergy that exists between the security agencies in the state,” he said, adding the Nigerian Army has been committed to curve drug peddling in the state.