By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Nigerian Customs Service, (NCS) Strike Force Team in Zone “B’ has made a total of 71 seizures with a Duty value of N126,827,630 in the month of August and September, 2018.
Deputy Comptroller of Customs, (DCC) and National Coordinator of the Headquarters Strike Force Team, Abdullahi Kirawa, disclosed.
Briefing newsmen on the activities of the Team in Zone ‘B’ in Kaduna on Friday, shortly after inspection of the seizures, DCC Kirawa gave the breakdown of the seizures to include: 3,983 bags of 50kg assorted rice, 393 jerry cans of 25, litres of vegetable oil and 457 bales of second hand clothing.
Other items seized, he said were 70 bags of 50kg sugar, 50 cartons of spaghetti and 49 various types of vehicles suspected to have been smuggled through the land borders popularly called ‘tokunbo’ and brand new ones.
The National Coordinator of the Strike Force said that his team will work round the clock to ensure smuggling which he described as an act of unpatriotism and economic sabotage is reduced to the barest minimum.
“We advice the trading public to conduct their business within the ambit of the law, saying the Service will not relent in its efforts to ensure that die-hard smugglers were arrested and prosecuted.
“We call on all, especially our friends in the business community and media to partner with us to make Nigeria a better place for all where industrialization supports youth employment, ” he said.
The Zone ‘B’ of the Customs Service covers 11 states comprising of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Niger, Zamfara and the FCT.
It would be recalled that the Strike Force Team inaugurated in July 2018 by the Comptroller-General Customs, (CGC), Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd), is charged with the mandate to ensure effective suppression of smuggling, facilitation of trade and increase in revenue generation and collection through enhanced, well stepped-up and coordinated enforcement duties by patrolling the nooks and crannies of the country.