How Compt Wada saved Nigerians from killer milk, seized large quantities of powder milk expired since 2019

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How Compt Wada saved Nigerians from killer milk, seized large quantities of powder milk expired since 2019

...As Customs in Kaduna fights economic saboteurs valiantly, arrests 2 suspects, records N1.9bn seizures 

Compt Wada and his team fighting economic saboteurs valiantly

The Customs Area Controller of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, Comptroller Dalha Wada Chedi and his gallant officers have saved Nigerians from what would have caused a serious health disaster with the seizure of killer milk smuggled into the country by economic saboteurs.

Compt Wada and his men swiftly intervened to save the lives of innocent Nigerians, as they fearlessly seized the expired powder milk concealed in eight sacks.

Investigation revealed that the foreign powder milk had expired since 2019 and declared unfit for human consumption, but the daredevil smugglers concealed the contaminated milk in sacks and smuggled it into the country illegally.

Addressing Journalists during news conference in Kaduna, Compt Wada said : “On February 11, 2024, at about 2200hrs, our operatives acting on credible intelligence along Tsafe-Funtua Road in Zamfara State intercepted a truck on the suspicion of improper importation.

“Further examination revealed that the truck was conveying 75 cartons of expired foreign jolly juice powder and eight sacks of foreign powder milk found to have expired since 2019.

“The expired milk was concealed with sacks of dried hides and skin. These  expired and contaminated items, which if not intercepted by our operatives, would have caused havoc to the society in general”.

That was not all. Compt Wada and his tenacious officers who are fighting economic saboteurs valiantly, in order to protect the nation’s economy, also made other seizures from January 1, 2024, to February 16, 2024.

These include 237 bags  of Rice; 1837 cartons of foreign spaghetti; macaroni and couscous, 1707 jerrycans of premium Motor Spirits; 3459 cartons/sachets of Amoxicillin; Artesunate; 500 Mg, 35 cartons of flame lighters; 142 cartons of Cigarette; 810 used tyres and many vehicles.

Also, on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at about 2200hrs, operatives of the Unit intercepted a truck with 179 bags of Tiger Nuts (50Kg each), along Maigatari/Malamfatori/Birniwa axis of Jigawa State.

On February 3, 2024, the Unit intercepted 3 trucks along Gumel-Kano road in Jigawa State. The seizure was made following information shared by intelligence network of Customs Headquarters, Abuja. 100 percent physically examination was conducted at the premises of Kano/Jigawa Command and the three trucks were found to contained 5076 Cartons of Foreign soap, 703 bales of second-hand clothings, 925 cartons of macaroni, 320 bales of foreign textiles and 12 Jumbo sacks of foreign used shoes. Two suspects were arrested and detained at Kano/Jigawa Command in connection with the seizures.


The seized items

The Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the Seizures made within the period under review amounted to N1, 975,657,865.96 (approximately N2billion.

The Area Controller informed :
“It is important to mention that the Tiger-Nuts by their nature are edible and perishable goods. As such, the Tiger-Nuts would be auctioned in line with the provisions of Paragraph 15 (b) of the Schedule of Nigeria Customs Service Act No. 35, 2023.

“These unprecedented seizures were made as a result of contravention of several sections of NCS Act 2023 and breach of extant presidential directives on border closure.

“It is a fact that things are difficult for common men in this country, despite this; smugglers are adding to the suffering of the citizens by bringing these expired and unhealthy items that are injurious to health and wellbeing of the people.

“The Unit is an enforcement arm of the Service and will continue to arrest situations that may harm the citizens of this Country. I want the public to know that the personnel of NCS are Nigerians too and we share in their pains at this critical time. However, the operatives of the Unit will not relent until smugglers are out of business. We will not be tired in our 24 hours and seven days round the clock enforcement drive to suppress smuggling.

“In addition, I enjoin the public to be on our side in fighting the menace of smuggling, which undermines government goal for revenue generation and aims at compromising the health of unsuspecting Nigerians. This is a fight that we all must give priority for the President to succeed and deliver on the renewed hope agenda to Nigerians”.

He enthused :  “I want to use this medium to thank the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his management for their morale boosting leadership and encouragement to our Officers and Men towards achieving our mandate”.

Our Correspondent observed that Compt Wada’s anti-smuggling doggedness didn’t start now. He has outstanding records of anti-smuggling feats. Since the time he became the Area Controller of Seme Border Command, Compt Wada has continuously unleashed anti-smuggling onslaught against illicit traders, from Seme Border to Katsina State and now in Kaduna.

Just recently, Compt Wada was bestowed with the prestigious WCO Award of Excellence, by CGC Adeniyi, on 2024 International Customs Day celebration in Lagos.

From left; Compt Wada, fearless and dogged. 

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