The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone B of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Wednesday, disclosed that it intercepted 6 cartons of machetes and 147 pieces of foreign jack knives, in Kaduna State.
In a press statement by the unit’s public relations officer, Sulaiman Issa, made available to SHIPS & PORTS, the command said the seizures, which were made between January 1 and February 28, 2023 were worth N305.7 million.
According to him, the breakdown of the seizures include nine units of used vehicles, two units of means of conveyance, 724 bags of foreign rice, 163 jerry cans of vegetable oil and 646 cartons of foreign spaghetti and macaroni.
“In its efforts to weaken the activities of smugglers in the zone, the Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘B’ Kaduna has from 1 January to 28 February 2023 made a total of 130 Seizures of different items at various locations in the zone.
“The seized items were arrested in contravention of the Federal Government policies regarding imports and exports and were deposited at various customs formations in the zone. In line with the extant laws and guidelines, the seized premium motor spirit was auctioned as directed by the NCS headquarters, and the proceeds were remitted to the coppers of the Federal Government.
“The operatives of the unit under the leadership of Comptroller Musa Ibrahim Jalo have stepped up on the fight against smuggling across the border areas to make more arrests and cause financial loss to the smugglers. The comptroller reiterated the commitment of the operatives of the unit to their renewed efforts in the fight against smugglers.
“He called on the communities around the border areas to provide useful information that will assist the Unit in achieving its mandate and also consider the operatives of the service as implementers of the Federal Government fiscal policies that are meant to improve and protect our industries thereby creating employments and boosting the economy of the Country,” the statement said.