The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘B’, Kaduna, has announced a total seizure of over N123m contraband between August and September 2018.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, the National Coordinator of the Federal Customs Strike Force, Alhaji Abdullahi Kirawa, warned smugglers to change their ways.
Kirawa, a deputy comptroller of Customs, listed the items seized to include 3,983 bags of 50kg Thailand parboiled rice, 393 jerry cans of 25 litres of vegetable oil, 70 bags of 50kg sugar, 50 cartons of spaghetti, 49 various brands of vehicles and 456 bales of second-hand clothing.
He said all the contrabands, including the exotic cars, were smuggled through the land borders and intercepted by men of the Strike Force.
He said the Strike Force was put in place by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Retd), to suppress smuggling activities as well as to facilitate trade and revenue generation across the country.
The Customs boss said the Strike Force team would not relent until smuggling was reduced to the barest minimum.
He described smuggling as an unpatriotic act, which must not be allowed to thrive.
He also announced that in compliance with the Presidential Task Force, the seized contraband, especially food items, second-hand clothing, would be taken to the various internally displaced persons’ camps in the North-East and other parts of the country.
On the seized vehicles, he said, if not cleared within a stipulated period, the agency would auction them in accordance with laid down procedures.
He added, “In the same vein, we advise the public to conduct their businesses within the ambit of the law as the Strike Force officers and men will not relent in their efforts at ensuring that smugglers are arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
“We call on all, especially our friends in the business community and media to partner with to make Nigeria a better place for all where industrialization and supports youth employment will thrive.”