Comptroller-General of Customs, Dikko Abdullahi declared in Kano yesterday that Customs has identified about 75 warehouses where contraband textile materials worth about N319.9 billion were stored.
He also vowed to prosecute four Chinese nationals linked with the smuggling of the textile materials.
“We are investigating the suspects and in only one warehouse, the duty value of the goods in this warehouse we have checked is N4.2bn. You can imagine that this only one warehouse and we are talking of about 75 warehouses. You can imagine such a huge amount and we said we are looking for money to run the affairs of government,” he said.
According to him, the operation was carried out by his office based on information from patriotic Nigerians who showed concern over the extent of damage done to the nation’s economy by those who smuggle textile materials into the country.
He, however, stated that while inspecting the seizures, “we have seen those that can be allowed to enter the market. For those that are allowed, I am going to give amnesty but for those that are not allowed, I will never go against the law. We will block all the leakages.”
He noted that NCS has continued to devise means to curtail smuggling, adding that just recently, Comptrollers-General of Customs in West Africa met in Abuja to discuss ways through which Customs can effectively fight smuggling.
He also hinted that the Customs service has concluded plans to organise a forum whereby traders, local producers and the Customs meet from time to time in order to foster cordial relationship and stem smuggling of contraband goods into the country.
Also speaking Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Paradang, said the Immigration is collaborating with Customs to regulate illegal migration into the country, just as he tasked the public to divulge relevant information to the two agencies.
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