By Ahmed Ahmed
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone D Bauchi have seized contraband valued at N276, 698,800.00 million between January and September 2019.
Mr Olugboyega Peters, Comptroller of the unit, made the disclosure while briefing journalists in Bauchi on Tuesday.
According to Peters, from January to September, the unit made series of seizures, ranging from foreign rice, used tyres, foreign spaghetti, second hand clothing and animal products with the total Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth N276, 698,800.00.
He said the operatives of the Federal Operations Unit received credible information along Mubi-Michika axis, spotted people removing sacks from a broken down vehicle parked by the road side.
“On sighting the official patrol vehicle; these people took to their heels into the nearby bush, their action triggered curiosity from our operatives.
“Upon searching these abandoned sacks it was found to contain 200Kg of Pangolin Shells classifiable under HS Code 0507.1090.00 of Common External Tariff (CET) with the total DPV of N220, 500,000.00”, he said
Mr Peters said another seizure was made along Jengre-Jos axis of one used Nissan Vannete bus carrying 50 bags of foreign rice classifiable under Chapter 1006 valued at N2, 890,800.00
Other seizures, the C
comptroller said, include that of Darazo-Gombe axis of 20 bales of second hand clothing valued at 1, 920,000.00.
He added that the operatives made seizure along Jos-Bauchi road of 18 bags of foreign rice valued at N259,200.00 and a seizure along Zaki-Azare axis of four used Volkswagen carrying 182 bags valued at N6, 940,800.00.
“We also made a seizure along Zaki-Potiskum axis of one used Volkswagen Golf carrying 46 bags of foreign rice valued at N1,742,400.00,”he declared.
Mr Peters said these unprecedented seizures were made as a result of intelligence and determination on customs operatives in making the zone unbearable for smugglers.
The comptroller explained that The ongoing closure of borders otherwise known as “Border Drill” is to enforce compliance of ECOWAS Trade Agreement/Protocol among member nations,
He said the border closure have started yielding positively with unprecedented rise in revenue generation, reduction in insecurity, wealth and job creation.
Mr Peters commended the efforts of other sister agencies, especially the Department of State Security for giving the unit Intelligence in making some of these seizures.
He urged community leaders to talk to their people to support the efforts of the officers/men of the service in suppressing smuggling in the country.
Peters however warned smugglers that there is no hidden place for them and whatever their strategy, we will always be ahead of them.