Customs Service Makes Assorted Seizures of Foreign Rice, Drugs, Soaps, Vehicles, Tyres, Others
The Compliance Team, Northern axis – agents of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), has recorded 203 numbers of assorted seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N537,333,128.00 between December 2015 and April this year. Their seizures operations are in line with the policy guideline of NCS to set up the team to compliment the enforcement efforts of the commands on policing of the nations’ borders.
Briefing newsmen recently, the headquarters of the northern axis headed by Alhassan C. Jalo, said leadership of the axis has been on the offensive against smugglers and, therefore, recorded several seizures since its establishment.
“Our achievements justify management’s decision to set up this team, which was intended to block leakages at the porous borders and help to shore up the revenue profile of the command as well as intensify enforcement operations.”
According to him, aside making the act of smuggling increasingly unattractive and non-profitable, the statistics clearly show that their operations have continued to yield positive results. Items seized includes litres of Jerry Cans of vegetable oil, bags of foreign rice, second-hand cloths, spaghetti, foreign soaps (Giv), used tyres, drugs and 82 used vehicles.
Jalo reiterated the determination of NCS to facilitate legitimate trade and ensure zero-tolerance for those engaged in illegitimate businesses, adding that two persons were being interrogated in connection with the seizures.