Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Kwara State said it intercepted goods with Duty Paid Value of N28million between April and 2nd June, this year.
The Coordinator, Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) Sector 3, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters at a press briefing held on Wednesday in Ilorin, also disclosed that smuggling has reduced by 15% in the sector.
He warned smugglers not to see their act as business as usual because the service will always be ahead of them by ensuring that the jurisdiction covered by Sector 3 would be made unprofitable for them.
He said: “The sector has made appreciable progress in its anti-smuggling activities by recording a total number of 35 seizures of various prohibited items within the period under review with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N 28,203,700.
“The items include 637 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice (HS Code 1006), 795 kegs of 25 liters of Premium Motor Spirit of 25 liters each (HS Code 2710), 15 units Nigerian used vehicles (means of conveyance) (HS Code 8703), 14 cartons of condense milk (HS 0402), 4 cartons of batteries (HS Code) 8513, 4 tin tomatoes paste (HS Code 2002) and 3 bags of sugar (HS Code 1701).
“It is also important to note that the successes recorded in our operations in this Sector, could be attributed to the good motivation from the Nigeria Customs Service Management, office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) and other sister agencies which has boosted the morale of officers and had kept them in high spirit at all times.”
He noted that despite the series of attacks on Customs officers by dare devil smugglers and hoodlums in the course of carrying out their duties, the Sector would not be distracted from executing its mandate.
He said anyone caught disrupting Customs officers in the line of duty or perpetuating nefarious activities of smuggling shall be made to face the wrath of the law.
The Customs boss added that the sector would continue to dialogue, engage, sensitize and educate the public, especially the people along the border axis on the socio-economic implication of smuggling as well as performance of its statutory function of enforcing partial border closure in line with the Federal Government’s fiscal policies.