The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘B’ has intercepted 758 bales and sacks of smuggled used clothing, body cream with duty paid value of N 690.8 million within the zone.
NCS comptroller Albashir Hamisu said on Friday in Kaduna that the seized items include 473 cartons of foreign pharmaceutical products.
”The opeartions unit has recorded a lot of successes. We recorded 132 seizures.
”Other items seized are 533 cartons of foreign pasta, macaroni and 749 bags of foreign perboiled rice,” he said.
Hamisu also said that smugglers are getting sophisticated in their illegal acts.
”We conducted this operation based on information gathered from the military.
“This is a big catch through the land border. The federal government has good plans for Nigeria. If these are allowed to come in, our textile industries would not survive,” he said, adding that used vehicles were also seized.
Hamisu said 70 parcels of marijuana, worth over N2million was seized.
Similarly, he said, 59 jerry cans of vegetable oil and 41 bags of foreign fertilisers worth over N2m were also seized among others.
Shortly after handing over the seized cannabis, the Asstisstant Commander Narcotics from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ali Kubau, thanked the FOU Zone B for the seizure, which he described as very important.
“We were here some weeks ago to collect similar substances seized by your officers. This is a seizure that ensures everybody goes to sleep.
”This is what propels bandits to unleash whatever terror. They even request Indian Hemp part of condition to release victims kidnapped.
“I want to commend the NCS for this, it is a wonderful seizure, we will continue to work together to ensure everyone goes to sleep with two eyes closed,” he said.