… As Customs Ag. Comptroller cautions youths against circulating fake news***
The Katsina State Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has confiscated tiger nuts, foreign rice and vehicles, among other items, worth N42.793 million from Feb. 1 till date.
The acting Comptroller of Customs, Katsina area command, Alhaji Dalha Wada-Chedi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Katsina on the activities of the command within the period under review.
He said that the command seized 400 bags of tiger nuts, worth N10,560 million, in a DAF truck, with a duty value of N6.750 million.
“During the period under review, we were also able to seize 432 bags of foreign rice, worth N10.454 million, and vehicles, with a value of over N10.9 million.
“Also, our operatives succeeded in confiscating 309 cartons of foreign spaghetti, 55 cartons of foreign macaroni, 68 jerry cans of vegetable oil and 284 kegs of petroleum motor spirit (PMS),” he said.
Wada-Chedi added that the command also intercepted 69 cartons of foreign cream milk, 30 cartons of foreign condensed milk and 15 bales of second-hand clothing.
Other items seized, according to him, are 40 wraps of second-hand clothing and six cartons of medications.
“It is pertinent to disclose that on March 23, we arrested one used Toyota Sienna space wagon conveying 25 bags of foreign parboiled rice, one carton of foreign spaghetti and one carton of foreign macaroni.
“The said vehicle, with the inscription, “Federal Joint Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement against Multiple Taxes and Levies, along with Nigerian Highway, Kaduna State Command, was arrested on Katsina-Kano road.
“The suspect claimed to be a police officer and we found in his possession four different identity cards, among other things.
“The identity cards are Police ID card, Citizen for Peace and First Aid Mission of Nigeria, Nigeria Association of Agric Produce Dealers (NAAPD), in partnership with ALGON, IMAN Federal Representative of Nigeria Taskforce, Kaduna state,” he said.
Wada-Chedi said that the over 253 cartons of seized veterinary medicaments had been handed over to National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
In the same vein, the Acting Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in charge of Katsina Area Command, Alhaji Dalha Wada-Chedi, has cautioned youths against circulating fake news about their activities.
The acting comptroller gave the warning on Wednesday during a Customs/Community forum held at Babban Mutum border Community, in Baure Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.
Wada-Chedi urged the youths to report any personnel found wanting to the command instead of circulating it through social media.
He said that the NCS under the Comptroller General (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), is committed to punishing any personnel found guilty of any offence or corruption.
“The service is one of the Federal Government’s parastatals that does not condone indiscipline by its personnel.
“Therefore, if any of our operatives is found committing any form of offence, you should find a way to have your facts and report to us,” he said.
The acting comptroller said the meeting was aimed at informing the people about the government’s policy on the illegal exportation of grains and other foodstuffs.
According to him, the loyalty of the people of the area to the government’s policy may attract the reopening of the border.
Responding, the District Head of Babban Mutum, the Dan Iyan Daura, Alhaji Haruna Abdullahi, commended the NCS for the initiative.
He promised their continued support to the customs in the discharge of their responsibilities in the area and called on the youths to do the same.
Abdullahi also appealed to the people of the area not to hesitate in exposing those breaking the law.
The newsmen report that the customs’ acting comptroller was in Jibia and Kongolon borders for a similar event.