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Customs intercept 705 items with DPV N409.8m in Seme

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Jibo said the contraband was smuggled in the Dec. 17 period when the federal government announced the reopening of four land borders to date.

He said officers in the command had taken full advantage of the renewed strategies to step up the fight against smuggling.

“This led to a remarkable interception of 705 items, the duty-paid value of the seized items is only 409,851,533 naira.

“The breakdown of the seized items is 5,568 50 kg bags of foreign rice, 3,208 cans of gasoline, 98 used vehicles, 294 cartons of frozen poultry products and 232 packages of cannabis sativa.

“Others are 798 boxes of tomato paste, 3 boxes of sugar, 6 boxes of slippers, 305 pairs of used shoes, 30 boxes of Nescafé, 19 boxes of alcohol-free wine.

“We also seized 10 cartons of cigarettes, 12 cartons of herbal soap and two bags of condoms,” he said.

The controller said the feat was an indication that the men in command were not losing guard in detecting and stemming the tide of nefarious activity by daredevil smugglers.

He said that with the reopening of land borders, the command had operated all revenue components in accordance with the new operational guidelines.

The controller stated that the order recorded a trade volume of 348,827,775 metric tonnes of exported goods with a free on board (FOB) value of only N 4,277,047,153.

According to Jibo, the value of the Nigerian export supervision program was 21,384,443 naira.

“The aggregate revenue remitted to the federation account is N 80,774,807 during the period under review, while the grand total for foreclosures and receipts is only N 490,626,431,” he said.

Meanwhile, the controller handed over the 232 packages of cannabis sativa to Nigerian Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) officials in Seme.

Shortly before handing over the cannabis, Jibo said he was pulled over along the border beach.

He said the smugglers were using fast boats to transport the drugs into the country by waterways when they were intercepted.

Jibo said the command would ensure they get rid of drugs entering the country illegally.

Commenting shortly after the cannabis was handed over, Mr. Essein Udotong, NDLEA commander, Seme Command, said the country would overcome its security challenges if the security officers cooperate with each other.

He praised officers from the customs area command for intercepting the substance.

The commander said the drugs have the ability to do a lot of harm to smokers if they are not seized.

Udotong said the agency would conduct a further investigation to find those involved in smuggling cannabis into the country.

“The cannabis has been given to us and we will be looking for the owners; the current NDLEA has what it takes to stop the people behind the illicit drugs, ”he said. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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