No fewer than 410 bags of mosquito coils, 90 kegs of 25-litre vegetable oil and 200 bales of second-hand bags were seized by the operation unit of Nigeria Customs Service with duty paid value of over N19 million.
Olusemire Kayode, Customs Area Comptroller (CAC) in charge of Kaduna and Katsina States, made the disclosures while displaying the seized items before journalists in Katsina, the Katsina State capital on Wednesday.
He said, “A trailer loaded with 200 bales of smuggled second-hand bags covered with tapoline was intercepted around 1:20am on the 1st of January, 2018, with duty paid value of N8,050,000 million.
“Again, a Peugeot-J5 conveying 90 kegs of smuggled 25 litres of vegetable oil, and J5 carrying 410 bags of mosquito coils were impounded. The total DP value is about N19,672,000 million”.
Kayode reiterated the command’s zero tolerance stance for revenue leakage and reduced smuggling activities, by bringing the economic saboteurs to book and to face the arm of the law.
While admitting that smugglers were mostly young men, the comptroller said the influx of smuggled rice and other goods in the affected states has been reduced.
He appealed to citizens to willingly volunteer information about the smugglers, their agents and collaborators, promising to treat any given information with utmost confidentiality.