By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
In its efforts to weaken the activities of smugglers in the Zone, the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘B’ Kaduna has from 1 January 1 to February 28, 2023 made a total of 130 Seizures of different items at various locations in the zone, worth over N305 million.
According to a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, FOU Zone B, SC I. Sulaiman, the seized items include the following, 9 units of used vehicles, 2 units of means of conveyance, 724 bags of foreign rice (50kg each), 6 cartons of foreign machetes, 163 jerrycans vegetable oil (25 litres each), and 646 cartons of foreign spaghetti and macaroni.
Other seized items are 90 Bales of Foreign Secondhand clothing, 569 packs of Foreign unregistered pharmaceutical products, 119 packs of unregistered Tramadol, and Tramaking 225mg and 17 sacks foreign secondhand shoes.
The rest include, seven cartons of foreign cigarettes,147 pieces of foreign jack knives, 50 cartons of foreign soap and 635 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (25 Litres each).
“The total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items is Three Hundred and Five Million, Seven Hundred and Ten Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty-Four Naira and Fifty-Five Kobo* (#305,710,544.55k) only,” the statement said.
It explained that the seized items were arrested in contravention of the Federal Government policies regarding imports and exports and were deposited at various Customs Formations in the Zone.
“In line with the extant laws and guidelines, the seized Premium Motor Spirit was auctioned as directed by the NCS Headquarters, and the proceeds were remitted to the coppers of the Federal Government.
“The Operatives of the Unit under the leadership of Comptroller Musa Ibrahim Jalo have stepped up on the fight against smuggling across the border areas to make more arrests and cause financial loss to the smugglers.
“The Comptroller reiterated the commitment of the Operatives of the Unit to their renewed efforts in the fight against smugglers,” it said..
He called on the communities around the border areas to provide useful information that will assist the unit in achieving its mandate and also consider the operatives of the service as implementers of the Federal Government fiscal policies that are meant to improve and protect our industries thereby creating employments and boosting the economy of the Country.