…seizes 10,000 foreign bags of rice, other items
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Custom Comptroller, North Central Zone, Sector 3 Ilorin, Kwara State and Coordinator Joint Border Drill Operations Mohammed Garba has said the government agency before the border closure in August 2019 was to generate N4 billion daily but now remits N7 billion daily to the federation account.
He said the border closure has promoted local farm produce which no longer makes the country a dumping ground for substandard products. He added that the security of the nation has equally improved as the borders now enjoyed keen surveillance.
The Comptroller made the disclosure at press briefing where the contraband goods were paraded in Ilorin.
The Comptroller said the successes were recorded as a result of the joint operation of security agencies in the country.
Garba called for sensitization to those who do not know the havoc of importing foreign goods which could be produced in Nigeria, stating that locally produced goods make the country a better place for investment and trade.
According to him, 10,201 foreign Parboil Rice of 50kg each with Duty paid value of N173.4million equal to 12 trailers of Rice has been seized
He said, “52 different types of used Vehicles, Trucks, Trailers and other vehicles used for conveying Contraband goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N88.85million.
” 561 Drums of Petrol with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N9.48million; 1,670 tablets of Tramadol of 200mg each and Two Packs of Rebozel Drugs Containing 500 tablet each with cost value of N165million. (The said Drugs were handed over to NAFDAC)”
“1,524 Jerricans of Petrol with duty paid value of N12.63 million, 11 Motorcycles used to conveyed Smuggled goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N950,000, 94 Pieces of Poisonous Charlie Toothpaste with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N33,840, 00”
“68 Tins of Jago Condensed Milk with Duty Paid Value (DPV) value at N65,280.00; 80 Pieces of washing Soap with Duty Paid Value of N9,600; 128 Pieces of poisonous “Read a Dream” Insecticide with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N92,160.00, 85; Kegs of Vegetable Oil of 25 liter each with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N2.07million; 19 Bales of Second Hand Clothing and Shoes with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N912,000.00; 42 Sacks of Female Second Hand Bags with Duty paid Value (DPV) of N1million “are in their custody.
He said during the period under review 204 illegal migrants were repatriated which include-99 Nigeriens,100 Beniniose, 3 Malians,2 Chinese.
“We have so far recorded a total number of 124 seizures with total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N568.76million, where 11 suspects were arrested in connection to these seizures and were released on administrative bail.”
He, however, said eagle-eyes of the Joint Border Operators and superior intelligence sharing/utilizations will continue to cause unrepentant Smugglers nightmares.