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Customs FOU  Zone ‘B’ arrests 7 suspects, seizes goods worth N1bn in Q1

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 The Nigerian Customs Service NCS Federal Operation Unit FOU Zone B said it seized various goods with Duty Paid Value DPV worth N1 billion in the first quarter Q1 of 2020 The Comptroller of the FOU Zone B Mr Mustafa Sarkin Kebbi said this on Wednesday in Kaduna while briefing newsmen on the zone s activities for the period under review He said the zone arrested seven smuggling suspects within the period in connection with the various seizures that summed up to 307 Giving a breakdown of the total seizures in the first quarter he said a total of 4 045 bags of parboiled rice 1 416 kegs of Vegetable oil 1 915 cartons of Spaghetti and 920 bales of Textile materials were seized Others includeed 96 units of vehicles 322 bales of second hand clothing 17 units of motorcycle 240 parcels of marijuana and other sundry goods Seven suspects were arrested in connection with the 307 seizures with Duty paid Value of N788 683 150 00 within the first quarter he said He disclosed that some of the seizures were made during the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic lockdown adding that the arrested suspects would be prosecuted on completion of ongoing investigation Sarkin Kebbi further disclosed that the suspects tried to beat the water tight security at the border check points by concealing the foreign parboiled bags of rice in trucks carrying bags of maize beans water melons and tiger nuts among others The seizures he said were made at border towns of Kebbi Katsina Kano as well as the hinterlands of Zamfara State He appealed to the public to report any suspicious movement of trucks and saboteurs whose smuggling activities were inimical to the nation s economy The Comptroller similarly disclosed that some suspects were arrested and granted administrative bail in connection with some of the seizures while investigation was continuing According to him smuggling of goods such as parbioled foreign rice has reduced drastically but notes that his personnel from the intelligent units are also not relenting in taming smugglers activities Sarkin Kebbi gave the assurance that the FOU of the zone would not relent in ensuring that activities of smugglers within the zone were brought to a stand still He however called for collaboration of the public to voluteer useful information that would assist the unit in the discharge of its duties HUM Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Donald Ugwu NAN
Customs FOU  Zone ‘B’ arrests 7 suspects, seizes goods worth N1bn in Q1

Nigerian Customs Service

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone ‘B’ said it seized various goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth  N1 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020.

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The Comptroller of the FOU Zone ‘B’, Mr Mustafa Sarkin-Kebbi, said this on Wednesday in Kaduna, while briefing newsmen on the zone’s activities for the period under review.

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He said the zone arrested seven smuggling suspects within the period in connection with the various seizures that summed up to 307.

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Giving a breakdown of the total seizures in the first quarter he said a total of 4,045 bags of parboiled rice, 1,416 kegs of Vegetable oil, 1,915 cartons of Spaghetti and 920 bales of Textile materials were seized.

Others includeed 96 units of vehicles,  322 bales of second hand clothing, 17 units of motorcycle, 240 parcels of marijuana and other sundry goods.

“Seven suspects were arrested in connection with the 307 seizures with Duty paid Value of N788,683,150.00 within the first quarter,” he said.

He disclosed that some of the seizures were made during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, adding that the arrested suspects would be prosecuted on completion of ongoing investigation.

Sarkin-Kebbi further disclosed that the suspects tried to beat the water tight security at the border check points by concealing the foreign parboiled bags of rice in trucks carrying bags of maize,  beans, water melons and tiger nuts among others.

The seizures, he said, were made at border towns of Kebbi, Katsina, Kano as well as the hinterlands of Zamfara State.

He appealed to the public to report any suspicious movement of trucks and saboteurs whose smuggling activities were inimical to the nation’s economy.

The Comptroller  similarly disclosed that some suspects were arrested and granted administrative bail in connection with some of the seizures, while investigation was continuing.

According to him,  smuggling of goods such as parbioled foreign rice has reduced drastically but notes that his personnel from the intelligent units are also not relenting in taming smugglers’ activities.

Sarkin-Kebbi gave the assurance that the FOU of the zone would not relent in ensuring that activities of smugglers within the zone were brought to a stand still.

He, however,  called for collaboration of the public to voluteer useful information that would assist the unit in the discharge of its duties.

HUM/


Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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