Customs impounds N94m contraband, Dangote truck

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The Federal Operation Unit Zone `B’, Nigeria Customs Service has confiscated contraband with Duty Paid Value of N94 million in one month.

The Area Controller of the Zone, Mohammed Mustapha, made this known on Thursday in Kaduna while conducting journalists round the seized items at the Command.

Mustapha, who assumed duty at the command on Aug. 13, said the seizures were made along Kano-Zaria and Kaduna-Funtua axis.

He said that the unit had within the period seized two Toyota Hilux vans with duty paid value of N35 million, 860 bags of smuggled foreign rice valued at N19 million and vegetable oil valued at N378,000.

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Mustapha further added that the command also seized six J5 and two other buses valued at N4.8 million, as well as one Dangote truck with duty paid value of N33.7 million.

The customs boss attributed the feat to new operational tactics and intense surveillance and engagements by customs personnel involved in the anti-smuggling drive.

He advised smugglers to shun the act in whatever guise, saying the service was committed in its fight against smuggling.