By: Victor Ulasi, Nigeria
Men of the Federal Operation’s Unit, Zone B of the Nigerian Custom’s have intercepted contraband goods worth over one hundred and fifty million naira within three weeks after resumption into office of its newly deployed Comptroller, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa Gusau.
Speaking to reporters during display of the contraband items at Custom’s warehouse in Kaduna, the new Comptroller said, his unit has succeeded in the seizure of prohibited items, ranging from foreign Spaghetti concealed in over one hundred bags of dry Carmel meat, which according to him falls into the prohibition list too.
Following intelligence report, my men were able to effect the seizure of printed fabrics, second hand clothing, vegetable oil in Cartons and twenty five liters jerry cans, and Spaghetti concealed in one hundred sacks of dry Carmel meat being smuggled from Niger republic and were intercepted at Dankama in Katsina state.
The quantity of the Sphegatti are put to over two hundred and forty thousand cartons, 2500 liters of vegetable oil put in 25 liter Gerry cans,68 settees of furniture,234 cartons of bedding and table components. While the vehicles used convey these items were seized, as the drivers abscond upon sighting our men.”He stressed.
The new Comptroller FOU Zone B, then described the level of smuggling in his zone as “low, despite the eleven states of the federation covered, we are able to coattail the activities of smugglers through our roving patrol teams especially in most porous areas within the unit .
On the issue of what the Nigerian Customs is doing to smuggled goods that have already found their way to the market, Alhaji Abubakar said, “the major aspect of Custom operation is anti-smuggling, but the law allows Customs to aefect seizure even inside the market if deemed it necessary.
Those calling the Nigerian Custom as ‘just wicked’ against the backdrop of National interest are saying so out of ignorance because they don’t know the havoc cause by smuggling to the economy of any nation and the high rate of unemployment.” He emphasized