By Chinonye Anyatonwu
The Controller , FOU, Zone ‘B’, Comptroller Ibrahim Musa Jalo(2nd left) , , the PRO of the Unit , I . Suleiman and other officers at the Media Briefing.
The Federal Operations Unit(FOU) , Zone B of the Nigerian Customs Service(NCS) has intercepted different prohibited goods worth N 628,286,660.62K between March and April , 2023.
The Controller of the Zone , Comptroller Musa Ibrahim Jalo made the disclosure, during a press briefing held recently at the Zone’s Headquarters in Kaduna, Kaduna State.
Some of the seizures include 42 Cannabis Sativa , otherwise called Marijuana,422 grams of Opium , Pistol, Military camouflaged shirts and trousers, and Military CamouflageT-shirts .
The command boss said the Cannabis Sativa , otherwise known as Marijuana with a street value of N2,069,144.40K,, was found in 46 sacks , concealed with Bags of Cassave flakes (Garri) and sawdust, inside a used Mitsubishi Canter with Registration No , AKR 10 XG, along Bungugu- Tsafe Road, in Zamfara State while it was intercepted on April 6, 2023.
He disclosed that in March 23, 2023, in the course of its anti smuggling operations , at Maigatari axis of Jigawa State.
The Unit’s operatives also intercepted a suspicious white illegal narcotic substance , two male suspects were also arrested and one locally made pistol, adding that ,all the items were moved to the Zone’s office in Kaduna for investigation.
He stated that on testing the substance by the officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) it was discovered to be OPIUM , with a total weight of 422 grams, and with a street value of N31,018,568.98K.
The Controller however pointed out that the Zone had handed over the Opium and the Pistol seizure to the NDLEA , in adherence with the working relationship between the two agencies.
He also pointed out that on 25th April 2023 at about 1130hrs, the Zone’s operatives while on stop and search operations , arrested a Used Volkswagen Golf driven by a Nigerian citizen along Jibia-Katsina , a sack found inside the vehicle contained 22 pairs of foreign tactical Military camouflaged shirts and trousers, and another 25 Military CamouflageT-shirts .
The Controller stated that Camouflage Clothings together with the suspect have been handed over to the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) in adherence with the collaborations between the two Agencies, for further investigation and possible prosecution.
He said the Zone’s operatives also impounded 140 Jerry cans of 25 litres each of Automotive Gas Oil or Diesel with DPV of N2, 746,639.00 as well as Intercepted 1, 147 Jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (25 litres each) worth N2, 167,657.95.
In line with the extant laws and guidelines as directed by the Customs Headquarters, the PMS and the Diesel that were seized, have also been auctioned and the proceeds remitted to the coffers of the Federal Government.
According to him, items seized during the period under review include 37 Units of Used Vehicles, Five Units of Vehicles (Means of Conveyance), 2,109 bags of Foreign Parboiled rice of 50kg each and 69 bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice , also of 25 KG each; and 8 Jerrycans of Foreign Refined Vegetable Oil (25 Litres each)
Other seizures include 1,241 cartons of Foreign Spaghetti and Macaron,39 bales of Foreign Secondhand Clothing ; 30 sacks of Foreign Second Hand Shoes ,14 cartons of Foreign Fruit Juice ,21cartons of Foreign Spaghetti and Macaron,39 bales of Foreign Secondhand Clothing ; 30 sacks of Foreign Second Hand Shoes ,14 cartons of Foreign Fruit Juice ,21 Cartons of Foreign Pomade ,80 pieces of Foreign Car Batteries and 1 carton of Foreign Milk.
In line with the cordial relationship between the Customs and the NDLEA, the 46 sacks of Marijuana together with means of conveyance was handed over to the Commandant NDLEA Kaduna State Command for further action.
Jalo also pointed out that the renewed effort of the Zone has been recognised by the Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) CFR and his management team, through a letter of commendation that was given to the Unit , adding that the gesture would go a long way in boosting the morale of the Officers and Men of the Unit.
He reiterated his commitment at enforcing the Federal Government Fiscal policies in accordance with Standard Operating Procedure adding that its operatives are battle-ready to continue to discharge its mandate effectively.
Compt.Jalo solicited the support of the host communities around the border areas for provision of useful information that will assist the Unit’s operatives to impound prohibited goods in the interest of the nation.
He commended the CGC and the Customs management for their logistics support to the Unit, his sister agencies, namely the Police, DSS, Military, NDLEA, Standards Organisations of Nigeria (SON) among others, for their collaborations, as well as the Media, for its support and objectivity in disseminating the Unit’s efforts in the fight against smuggling.
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