The Nigeria Customs Service has paraded smuggled items worth three hundred and sixty million, two hundred and twenty seven thousand, two hundred and fifty Naira (₦360,227,250) ceased by the Federal Zone B Operations Unit, Kaduna. In a press conference yesterday 8th October 2020, Comptroller Mustapha Sarkin-Kebbi said that Officers of the Unit have arrested and seized the following items: 155 parcels of Indian hemp, 3,342 bags of 50kg foreign rice criminally re-bagged in Made in Nigeria local bags, 34 motor vehicles and other contraband items in various locations within the Zone.
The Federal Operation Unit comprises of ten states within the North-West and North-Central geopolitical zones with its administrative headquarters in Kaduna.
Comptroller Sarkin-Kebbi assured that the Unit will be consistent and unrelenting in its efforts to rid the zone of every activity of smuggling.
The Unit in its usual fashion of transparency, also presented its record of stewardship in the past 40 days of operation. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the items presented is N360,227,250.
The northern part of the country is widely believed to be a silent hub for goods smuggling through the Nigerien, Chadian and Beninoise borders, and considering its vast sprawl of landmass, is a huge task for Customs Officers.
Source: The Nigerian Customs Broadcasting Network, NCBN