Customs seizes 98 packs of diazepam, 10 sacks of snuff, others in Kebbi
• CGC condoles families of fallen officers
The Kebbi State Command of the Nigeria Customs has seized 371 laptops, two parcels of Cannabis sativa, 98 packs of diazepam, 10 sacks of snuff, 1080 pieces of donkey skin, 37 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 300 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 16 jumbo bales of second-hand clothing and one Toyota Corolla used as means of conveyance.
The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items was N164.8 million. Comptroller of the Command, Dr Ben Oramalugo, disclosed this during a briefing to announce the death of two officers, Kabiru Shehu Abdullahi and Abdullahi Mohammed, who were murdered by suspected smugglers on August 24.
He said: “I reassured the public that this ugly event would not dampen our spirit, but we would continue to engage in anti-smuggling activities. I also informed Nigerians to appreciate the humongous sacrifices that Custom officers offer, which sometimes is supreme sacrifice during their daily activities.
“I am using this opportunity to boost the morale of my officers, which expectedly appears to be at low ebb.”
MEANWHILE, the Acting Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, has condoled with bereaved families of Inspector of Customs, Kabiru Shehu and Customs Assistant, Abdullahi Muhammad,from NCS Kebbi Area Command. He also sympathised with the government of Kebbi State, following the tragic loss of the officers, who bravely served their nation.
In acknowledging the daily risks faced by Customs officers to safeguard the nation’s borders, the Acting CGC said the NCS under his leadership stands united with the families of the fallen officers during this period of profound grief.
Commending the swift response of the Kebbi Area Command in initiating a thorough investigation to apprehend the perpetrators, the Acting CGC assured the public of the NCS’s unwavering support in bringing those responsible for this reprehensible act to justice.
Adeniyi also expressed gratitude for the unwavering solidarity and cooperation extended by the government and citizens of Kebbi State. He emphasised the crucial role of community engagement in the collective pursuit of safety and security, urging all citizens to actively contribute to these shared endeavours.
On behalf of the officers and personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service, the Acting CGC reaffirmed the commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s borders.
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