The Kano/Jigawa Customs Command on Saturday in Kano impounded over 3,000n bags of foreign rice and some assorted contraband, valued at over N100 million.
Briefing reporters at the Command’s headquarters in Bompai, Kano, the Comptroller Nasir Ahmed, said the goods were intercepted at various border towns within Jigawa axis.
He attributed the success; so far achieved to the collaboration, with the Customs Intelligent Unit (CIU), the headquarters, Information Patrol Team (IPT), strike force, Federal operations and other relevant units of the service, because we are not competing among ourselves, but rather working together to stop smuggling.
Ahmed warned that ”We want to tell the smugglers to have a rethink and look the other way for a new business, as 2019 would be no smuggling year for their nefarious activities.
Also, he urged the youths against availing themselves to be used as agents, of conveying contraband goods into the country, adding that in most cases, the youth engaged in the act, unaware of the contents in the parcel.
He however, warned the youths to desist from such businesses, which has led to the rise of drug abuse, as well as the proliferation of illegal arms in the country, advising that agriculture should rather be embraced and encouraged, among the youth.
”We must do everything possible to save our country, as I do not want to run to Niger, neither can Niger contains Nigerians.”
While disclosing that the Command has impounded not less than 33 vehicles since January this year, used for smuggling foreign rice, he added that other assorted vehicles intercepted by the Command, are awaiting the owners to come forward and tender their relevant documents.
According to him, the Command was able to generate N14.7 billion as revenue, adding that, out of 256 seizures made in 2018, over 18,816 bags of foreign rice was impounded, with a Duty paid value (DPV) of N636,689,397.00K was collected.