Col. Hameed Alli (Rtd.), Comptroller-General, NCS, and Officers Examining Some Seized Illegal Imports Photo: File

Customs Service seizes N253m contraband, auctions perishable items

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In its constant strides against prohibited smuggling activities, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has confirmed that it impounded various contraband with Duty Paid Valued of N253 million in three months of 2020 in Kebbi State.

Comptroller Yusuf Garba, Customs Area Controller in Kebbi State, who stated this at a press conference in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital, explained that the Command had recorded the achievement in anti-smuggling activities from February 10 to May 10, 2020, reports ConsumerConnect.

According to him, some of the impounded items are 22,750 pieces of new textile materials; four trucks fully loaded with hides and skins and 1,055 bags of 50 kg, 50 bags of 100kg and 20 cartons of 25kg each of foreign parboiled rice among others.

“Given the position of Kebbi State, which shares borders with two of our neighbors, Niger Republic to the West and Benin Republic to the South, the command is mainly saddled with anti- smuggling activities for now that our land borders are partially closed.

“We have recorded giant strides in our anti-smuggling activities culminating in the seizure 22,750 pieces of new textile materials; four trucks fully loaded with hides; and skins and 1,055 bags of 50 kg, 50 bags of 100kg and 20 cartons of 25kg each of foreign parboiled rice, Garba said.

He further disclosed “others are: 3,159 bags of 50 kg each of foreign NPK fertilizer; 171 bales of second hand clothes and used foot wears;  256 cartons of lightening cream and 90 sacks of power snuff as well as 43 vehicles and other sundry items.”

As regards the duty paid value of the seized items, he stated that it is over N253 million. The Command, he added, had seized 73,438 litres of petroleum products at different locations meant to be smuggled out of the country within the period under review.

The Customs Area Controller said: “Owing to the combustible nature of the products, they have since been auctioned to the public along with other perishable items with the proceeds totalling to N16.5 million remitted to the Federal Government coffers in accordance with extant laws.”

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