Customs seizes smuggled items valued N22.8m in Adamawa

By Auwalu Birnin Kudu

The Adamawa and Taraba Area Command of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), has siezed smuggled items with Duty Paid Value of N22.89 million in the last six weeks.

The Area Comptroller, Salisu Abdullahi-Kazaure, made this known while briefing newsmen in Yola on Friday.

According to him, the command made 16 seizures from May 6 to June 16.

Abdullahi-Kazaure said the siezed items included 494 bags of NPK fertiliser, 14,980 liters of petrol in Jerry cans and drums, and three vehicles used for smuggling activities.

Others, he said, were 90 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice from Cameroun and 960 pieces of foreign soap.

He explained that the siezed petroleum product would be auctioned, in accordance with NCS Standard Operating Procedure.

Abdullahi-Kazaure said though fertiliser was not a contraband, it was siezed because some criminals were using it to manufacture Improvised Explosive Devices. (NAN)