By: JAFAR JIKAMSHI
The Nigeria Custom Service federal operation Unit Zone B Kaduna has recorded a total of 71 seizures of 12 different items intercepted at various locations in the zone between 28th November to 31st December 2023.
The comptroller federal operation Unit of the Zone Dala Wada Chedi disclosed this during press briefing on their activities between 1st January to 31st December 2023.
He said the extent of seizures were able to make during the period is a fulfillment of their pledge that the Unit will ensure full compliance with the Federal government directives on closure of all land borders with Niger republic.
“Remarkably among these 71 seized items was the arrest made on the 15th December, 2023 at about 1400hrs, the operatives of the Unit arrested a container truck based on credible intelligence along the Lokoja-Abuja expressway suspected to be conveying prohibited items. After a 100% physical examination, Thirty-Seven Bales and Four (4) Rolls of Nigeria Police Camouflage Uniforms alongside other different items were discovered in the truck. Four (4) suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure.” Chedi disclosed
The comptroller further said Considering the nature of the items and its possibility of being utilized for nefarious activities by unscrupulous elements, the seized police camouflage uniforms, the 4 suspects together with the means of conveyance were all handed over to the State Director, Department of State Security (DSS) Kaduna State Command on Wednesday 27 December 2023 for further investigation and possible prosecution in the spirit of inter-agency collaboration and having obtained necessary approval from the Comptroller-General of Customs.
“It is also pertinent to let you know that the seizures were made in different parts of the Zone with the Duty Paid Value of Four hundred and Six Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Four Thousand, Ninety-One Naira, Thirty-Four Kobo (₦406,924,091.34) only.” He added
Wada Chedi pointed out that, the breakdown showed that, due to the positive use of credible intelligence by the federal operation Unit, Zone B operatives, Eight (8) used vehicles as well as Two (2) Means of Conveyance were impounded during the period as a result of the constant patrol of our operatives, the Unit was able to seize 195 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each), which would have made their ways into the markets, and consumed by the people, despite the hazards, some of such imported grains posed to health.
“The vigilance of the operatives of the Unit during the period, likewise led to the interception and seizure of 877 Jerry-cans (25 litres each) of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS).
However in line with the extant laws and guidelines as directed by the Customs Headquarters, the PMS that were seized have been auctioned and the proceeds remitted to the coffers of the Federal Government.” The comptroller said
The comptroller also said other seizures made during the period include; 240 bales of Foreign Second Hand Clothing, 10 Jerry-cans of Foreign Refined Vegetable Oil (25 litres each), 415 Cartons of Foreign Spaghetti, Macaroni and Couscous, 349 Cartons of Foreign New Shoes (Unisex), 500mg of 3,400 Sachets of Foreign Amoxicillin and 35 Cartons of Foreign Flame Lighters adding that beyond this, suffice to say that despite the value of the 17 seizures made within the period, as stated above, we are proud to say that the Unit has seized hard drugs and other assorted goods at various intervals in the Year 2023 worth about Four Billion Naira (N4 billion) in Duty Paid Value(DPV) from 1st January to 31st December, 2023.
“This represents 100% increase in seizures made above total DPV of 2,345,155,577.38 million naira that was seized in the year 2022. It is also an indication that the operatives of the Unit have up-the-ante in the fight against smuggling in the Zone.” He said
The comptroller also announced that, in recognition of the renewed effort of the operatives of the Unit led to the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters, giving the Unit a Letter of Commendation earlier in 2023.
” This development, I must say has contributed to the boosting of the morale of the Officers and Men of the Unit.” Chedi said
“At this juncture, let me on behalf of all the Officers and Men of the Unit; reiterate my commitment at enforcing the Federal Government Fiscal policies in accordance with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as our operatives are battle-ready to carry out our mandate effectively. I also need to assure the citizenry through you, members of the Media, that the operatives of the Unit in this New Year are poised like never before, to foil all attempts by smugglers at importing any prohibited goods into its area of jurisdiction as well as recover all underpaid duties into the government’s coffers.”. The comptroller added
“I want to use this opportunity, to commend the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, MFR and his management team for their usual support to the Unit as well as appreciate our sister agencies, namely the Nigeria Police, DSS, Military, NDLEA, NAFDAC among others for their collaborations.” Chedi said