By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Customs Area Controller of Seme Area Command, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba has stated that the efforts to suppress smuggling was yielding results.
He declared that within the last two weeks of August 2019, the command had confiscicated offensive items worth approximately forty N40 million.
The seized products according to a statement signed by Saidu Nuruddeen Abdullahi, the Public Relations Officer of the Command gave a break down of the items as,: (875x50bags) of Foreign parboiled rice with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N15,023,750, (12x25litres) of vegetable oil with DPV of N131,625.90. (6x50kg) of refined sugar with DPV of N147,640.50, (535) bales of used clothes with DPV of N17,259,769, (20) parcels of cannabis sativa with street value worth of N516,180 and (269) baskets of fresh tomatoes, (1) basket of fresh peppers, (7) sacks of cucumber and pineapples, and (16) baskets of fresh okro (all perishable products coming from Benin Rep. which were earnestly auctioned off) with DPV of N367,471.
“(16) sacks of used shoes, belt and ladies bag with DPV of N541,989, (57) pieces of textile wrappers with DPV of N367,778, (65) cartons of poultry products with DPV of N948,333.75, (137×25 liter) jerry cans of PMS with DPV of N287,700, (16 buckets of car paint with DPV of N144,530.40 and (11) cartons of Galvanized nails with DPV of N99,364.65.
“(2566) pieces of currency (in coins) and other foreign currencies, (7) cartons of condensed milk with DPV of N78,534.75, (4) carton of spaghetti noodles with DPV of N15,678.97, (2] cartons of tinned tomato with DPV of N14,58, (2) sacks of coconuts with DPV of N38,714, (4) cartons of body cream,  bag of detergent soap with DPV of N58,913 and (20) pieces of sand paper with DPV of N12,778.50.”
“ (4) television sets,  pieces of television stands with DPV of N187,115.25, (4) cartons of fuel filter with DPV of N11,669, (1) carton of motor spare parts with DPV of N134,631 and (2) pieces of gas burner with DPV of N2,137
The Comptroller explained further that one of the vehicle used for conveying the contra banded goods is a Toyota Hiace bus (worth N2,907,450) of G- Express Company (with registration number ENU 962 ZK), believed to be coming from Ghana.
Upon careful examination at the baggage inward hall, it was discovered to contain five (5) parcels of items suspected to be cannabis sativa concealed in the bus. Consequently, the bus driver, bus boy and the cargo handler were all promptly arrested and detained.
Uba said the command in the spirit of inter-agency cooperation and synergy handed over the said items and the suspects to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further prosecution.
He promised that the Nigeria Customs Service would continue to compliment the efforts of the NDLEA in its fight to rid the nation of the illicit substances.
While highlighting the importance of making seizures with suspects, the Comptroller added that we must continue to send the right signal to discourage other people from indulging in the despicable act of smuggling.
He re-iterated the command’s commitment to the strict implementation of the Federal Government fiscal policies and the extant laws that govern the day to day operation of the service at the international corridor.