Customs seizes N755m cars, consumables in Niger

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Niger Area Command has seized more than 101 units of exotic cars,  cloths, rugs and consumables worth N755.3 million in different parts of its area of coverage.

According to the service, the consumables include table water,  wines, ketchup, spaghetti, basmati rice, tomato paste, foreign parboiled rice, whipped cream, vegetable oil and others.

Presenting the seized items at the command’s headquarters, Minna, before newsmen yesterday, Comptroller Abubakar Adamu said the command had deployed measures toward ensuring that “the area becomes unbearable for any form of smuggling activities”.

According to him, 140 rolls of foreign rugs, 50 bales of second-hand clothing, 920 kegs of petrol, eight motorcycles and 200 pieces of used tyres are also seized.

The controller said that this success was recorded due to the massive intelligence deployed during the operations, adding that by applying the rules of engagement during the operations, no casualties were recorded.

He also stated that with the posting of the Post Clearance Audit (PCA) and valuation officers to the command, the command recovered N74,919,135 from demand notices and disposal of seized petrol.

Adamu warned the smugglers  that the federal government’s directive on border closure is still in force in Babanna, which is the only border station in the command, stressing that there would be no export or import activities through the border until further notice.

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