Customs Intercepts Contraband worth N31.5m in Katsina

Written by Maritime First

… Promotes 36 officers in Sokoto area Command***

The Katsina Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service intercepted contraband which Duty Paid Value was put at N31. 4 from April 1 to date.

Alhaji Wada Cedi, the Comptroller in charge of Katsina, made this known while displaying the goods before newsmen in Katsina.

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He said that the goods include vehicles, foreign rice and pasta, vegetable oil, macaroni, cow skin, premium motor spirit (petrol) and gas cylinders.

Ceci said the customs also seized eight vehicles with a DPV of N8.6 million.

He said the ban on the export and import of contraband remains in spite of the reopening of the Jibiya border.

“I want the general public to get this clear, the ban on the importation or exportation of contraband remains enforced.

”So, contraband shouldn’t be imported because the aim is to make the country self-reliant.

”We will also intensify surveillance on all the borders and other routes to ensure compliance,” he said.

In the same vein, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has promoted 36 officers, including Mr Tahir Balarabe, the Public Relations Officer, and Sokoto Area Command.

According to a statement on Wednesday in Sokoto, the NCS said it promoted Balarabe to the post of Superintendent of Custom.

Balarabe, who signed the statement, said that 35 other officers were also promoted within the area command as part of a national promotion exercise by the service.

The Area Comptroller in charge of Sokoto and Zamfara, Mr Abdulhameed Ma’aji, said the promotion was designed to boost personnel performance, noting that those promoted deserved it.

Ma’aji urged the officers to see the promotion as a call for rededication and a renewed commitment to service.

“So, we expect you to continue to work hard to justify the promotion through enhanced revenue generation and blocking of all the routes through which prohibited goods are smuggled into the country,” he said.


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