The Customs Strike Force Team Zone ‘B’, Kaduna said it has seized smuggled items within the quarter of the 2021 worth over N234m.
The Coordinator of the CGC’s Strike Force Zone ‘B’, Deputy Comptroller Oseni Olorukoba while addressing newsmen on Wednesday, said smugglers were threat to the nation’s economy but the agency would not allow them run down the economy and return the country to another recession.
Olorukoba listed items intercepted to include 1,708 (50kg) bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1,419 cartons of foreign GIV soap, 255 sacks of foot wears and 57 cartons of sandals, 1,145 keg of 25litres vegetable oil, 271 bales of second hand clothings and 16 units of vehicles as means of conveyance.
Other seized items are; 157 packets of sex enhancer drugs, 307 cartons of spaghetti, macaroni couscous, 24 (50kg) bags of NPK fertilizer, 11 cartons of condensed milk, 20 cartons of milky cream, 42 cartons of Algerian dates, 3600 litres of petroleum products (PMS), 30000 litres of petroleum products (AGO) and 5, 349 pieces/4 cartons of unregistered drugs.
He said the Strike Force Team in the zone, within the period under review, arrested two suspects in connection with some of the seizures but granted administrative
According to the coordinator, the successes recorded were largely due to intelligence efforts adding that there will be no hiding place for smugglers in the zone.
He said, “I wish to warn smugglers to relocate from the zone or have us to contend with or they should desist and embrace legitimate businesses.
“Fight against smuggling is a collective efforts, hence my appeal to the general public to assist with credible information that will help discharge of our duties effectively and efficiently.
“We must join hands to fight them because they are threat not only to our health as a nation, but also to the economy of our dear country. If they are allowed, they will run down the economy and return the country to recession. The Nigeria Customs will not allow that to happen.”