The Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has impounded 1,367 bags of foreign rice and other items including 25 litres of vegetable oil and 53 bags of foreign sugars, with a Duty Paid Value of N61 million from smugglers.
The Command’s Area Controller and Deputy Comptroller, Mr. Dahiru Abdullahi, who disclosed this at a press conference in Katsina on the achievements recorded by the command, stated that the items were seized within the past 10 days by the customs in command.
According to him, motorcycles were used to convey the smuggled items into the country, adding that some smugglers also tried to smuggle eight vehicles through unauthorized routes.
He said, “Our officers and men are always on the alert, we will continue to use intelligence information that will assist us to arrest the smugglers.
“I want to call on people to assist the Customs with useful information that will be used in confidence to check smugglers and smuggling activities that are bent on destroying the nation’s economy.”
The Deputy Comptroller noted that the successes of the Command were achieved through vital intelligence information.
Abdullahi also disclosed that nine suspected smugglers have been arrested in Katsina State while allegedly attempting to smuggle various contraband items into the country.