Customs seize contraband items worth N135 m in North-central states

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The Nigeria Customs service (NCS), North-Central States Joint Borders “Operation Drill” says it has seized various contraband items with arms and ammunitions with a total duty paid value of 135million.

The Coordinator of the Join Borders operation, Muhammed Uba Garba, made the disclosure while addressing nesmen on the successes recorded by the team in Ilorin.

According to him, during the period under review, the team seized 57 units of vehicles of various types,1,355 bags of foreign rice, 5 long single Barrel guns , 8 live Cartridges ,Knives ,20 Bags of Dried Yam flour,1,728 Jerry Cans of petrol and 155 Drums of petroleum Products.

He said other items seized include,16 motorcycles ,12 Bales of second hand clothes and textile materials,68 Jerry Cans of Groundnut oil,322 Cartons of foreign cusmetics as well as 9 Cartons of foreign Tin Tomato.

Garba explained that the team also repatriated 7 Beninoise,13 Nigerien and granted 6 suspects administrative bail.

He noted that the seizures were made at different locations within the states under the control of the team.

The coordinator said the team would ensure a total compliance that would translate to effective revenue generation, suppression of smuggling ,facilitation of legitimate trade and protection of national security.

Garba maintained that the sector would continue to sensitise and educate members of the public on the reasons behind the borders closure for better understanding and appreciation of the policy.

He said the Joint borders operation team would also ensure enforcement of government policies with strict adherence to laws of the country.

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