Seme Customs crack down on border smugglers *Intercepts N249.9 million contraband *Seizes 4 trailer-load of rice, petrol, hard drugs, others

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Seme Customs crack down on border smugglers

*Intercepts N249.9 million contraband

*Seizes 4 trailer-load of rice, petrol, hard drugs, others

By Udeme Clement:

The Seme Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is cracking down on die-hard smugglers operating within the border communities of Nigeria and Benin Republic.

The news reaching us now revealed that the Command recorded 431 seizures, with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N249.9million, from January 3, to April 17, 2020.

The items seized include
2,325 bags of rice (50kg each), equivalent to four trailer load of rice
74,585litres of Premium Motor Sprit, commonly known as petrol;
887 cartons of frozen poultry products;
43 Units of Vehicles (both used and means of conveyance);
165 jerrycans of vegetable oil (25litres each) and
399 textile materials (6yards each).

Others include
112 sacks of used clothes;
82 sacks of used shoes; belts; ladies hand bags; as well as
45 parcels of cannabis sativa ( Indian hemp), among other items.

Speaking, the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the Command, Mr. Hussaini Abdullahi, attributed the feats recorded by Seme Customs to the ingenuity of the Customs Area Controller, CAC, Chedi Dalha Wada.

He commended Dalha Wada for rejigging the operational strategies of the Command to enhance greater efficiency.

His words, “The Command made these achievements in continuation of our fight against illegal activities of dare-devil smugglers and intensified efforts of our anti-smuggling Unit under the leadership of the current CAC.

The PRO further praised the CAC for being result- oriented and very proactive, especially in mapping out strategies the Command is using to thwart the nefarious activities of smugglers within the border communities.

His emphasised, “The renewed synergy from different components of anti-smuggling units will also form a formidable force to counter the activities of economic saboteurs in all the nooks and crannies of Seme Command.’

On COVID-19 that is causing panic globally, he said, “However, the issue of coronavirus pandemic cannot be over emphasised. Several measures have been put in place to sensitise the officers. These includes area synergy with Port Health Services, headquarters medical team, as well as supply of protective items to the Command, regular washing of hands, usage of face masks and strict adherence to maintenance of social distancing rules.

“The Command will continue to ensure sustainable campaigns and strict enforcement of Federal Government fiscal policies, with a view to protecting the nation’s economy and security network.”

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