Customs seizes contraband goods worth N484m in Kwara

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The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said it seized 47 contraband items worth over N484 million from August last year to January this year.

The seized items include 16 units of vehicles of various types, 953 bags of foreign rice, 4,357 bags of mosquito coil, 184 Jerry cans of petrol and 3,593 kilograms of cannabis sativa known as Marijuana, contained in 48 sacks.

Addressing journalists at the Command’s headquarters in Ilorin,the Area Customs, Comptroller Hussein Bello Ahmed, frowned at the rate marijuana was being smuggled into the country.

He warned that the Custom would do everything humanly possible to stop the smuggling of the substance, to guarantee the future of youths.

“The seizure of 48 bags of cannabis sativa, otherwise known as marijuana, is another feat recorded by the Command,considering the abuse of the substance across the country by our teeming youths.

“This act is very unfortunate, but I want to assure the public that Kwara Command will continue to do everything humanly possible to stop the smuggling of the substance, to guarantee a great and promising future for our youths,” he said

Ahmed, however, emphasised that the Command would continue to dialogue, engage, sensitise and educate the public on the strategic role of the Custom’s activities to the social and economic stability of the nation

The comptroller,who assured Nigerians that the enforcement of government’s policies would always be accorded utmost priority with strict adherence to extant laws and guidelines.

He commended the synergy between the Customs and other sister agencies,opinion leaders, traditional institutions and other key stakeholders.

Ahmed, however, appealed to Nigerians to support the customs in its anti-smuggling war to
end the ugly trend in the country.

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