Smugglers forfeit contraband goods worrth N850million to customs in Kano, Jigawa
Unrepentant smugglers in Kano and Jigawa axis recently met their waterloo as the Strike Force of Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), Zone B intercepted contraband items worth over N854million Duty Paid Value (DPV).
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seized items on Tuesday at Kano Command of Customs, the Coordinator in charge of Kano/Jigawa, Deputy Comptroller Oseni Olorukooba declared that smugglers now have no save heaven to perpetrate dastardly act.
While unveiling the forfitured items, the Customs controller showcased two exotic vehicles including Toyota Land Cruiser 2021 model and classic Honda Civic 2019 model worth over N117million Duty Paid Value (DPV).
Also uncovered are over 400 bags of 50kg of parboiled foreign rice concealed in BUA flour bags worth N10.5million, bales of second hand clothes worth N100.9m, foreign shoes worth N614.5m, spaghetti worth N6.9m and macaroni worth N4.1m.
Olorukooba, who cautioned smugglers to consider taking legitimate trade in stock instead of engaging in criminal act capable of crippling the nation’s economy insisted the strike force is prepared to stamp out the unscrupulous elements.
He further said smuggling activities has adverse effect on the economy of the nation and should not be condoned.
According to the Controller,”as you know, the CGC has zero tolerance policy for smuggling and smuggling activities and so we have keyed into that policy.
“We are going all out to ensure within our zone (Zone B and in particular Kano and Jigawa axis), we stamp out the smugglers.
“We are prepared and ready to see the assignment as a National assignment. We are ready to give all it takes to make sure we flush out all unscrupulous elements.
“Within the period under review, October till date, the Kano/Jigawa axis of the zone was able to seize smuggled goods worth over N854 million Duty Paid Value, DPV.
“As you all know, no country survives on smuggling, it always has adverse effect on the economy as a nation. So everybody need to rally round the government to ensure that we grow our economy by engaging in only legitimate trading or activities. Because no amount of money invested in such a trade, would be forfeited at the end of the day when we clamp on them.
“And that is why we go nooks and crannies to ensure we fish out the unscrupulous elements in the society. We solicit that everyone should join hands with the customs to tackle this menace,” Olorukooba stated.