Mind-boggling seizure :  Customs storms slaughter house in Kebbi State, intercepts pangolin scales worth N3.9bn

Compt Shuaibu and his team showing massive seizure of pangolin scales worth N3.9bn

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Mind-boggling seizure :  Customs storms slaughter house in Kebbi State, intercepts pangolin scales worth N3.9bn
As Compt Shuaibu trails syndicate

 

Comptroller Shuaibu and his team showing massive seizure of pangolin scales during the press conference yesterday

It was a display of mind-boggling seizure yesterday, as the Customs Area Controller of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, Comptroller Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu unveiled large quantities of pangolin scales worth over N3.9billion intercepted in a single anti-smuggling operation.

Most remarkable, Compt Shuaibu
with his tactical team fearlessly stormed the slaughter house in Kebbi State and seized the pangolin scales, using superior intelligence to carry out the operation successfully without any casualty, even as one suspect was arrested in connection with the items.

Recall that this massive seizure of pangolin scales by Compt Shuaibu and his Men is coming just two weeks after Shuaibu intercepted consignments of Donkey skin worth over N3billion in monetary value, even as he swiftly arrested four suspects in connection with the prohibited items.

The record shows that this impressive performance on mind-blowing seizure of N3.9billion worth of pangolin scales by Ahmadu Shuaibu is the third anti-smuggling feats made in just six weeks of assuming office as the new Area Controller of FOU Zone ‘B’, Kaduna.

In reality, by now, economic saboteurs engaging in illicit trade in FOU Zone ‘B’ will be counting their losses because Ahmadu Shuaibu is uncompromising enforcement officer. On the hinterland, he is a warrior, and even at creeks, he defeats smugglers using credible intelligence. So, illicit traders not ready to capitulate will continue to suffer gross financial losses, even at the risk of arrest and prosecution.

Compt Shuaibu and his enforcement team addressing Journalists during press conference yesterday where the prohibited items were unveiled

Addressing Journalists during a press conference yesterday, Ahmadu Shuaibu asserted ; ‘Acting on actionable intelligence, the operatives stormed a hideout known as (slaughter house) at suburb Zuru Town in Kebbi State on Friday, May 24 2024 at about 1600hrs. The team discovered and evacuated sacks of pangolin scales, which were transported to the Headquarters of FOU Zone ‘B’ in Kaduna. After careful examination and counting, the pangolin scales weighed 445.45kg”.

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He went on: “Pangolin is one of the endangered species that is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flaura (CITES). It is instructive that Nigeria is a signatory to the CITES Convention and all forms of trading in this species are clearly illegal.

The Nigeria Customs Service will continue to partner CITES to forestall the identified species from going into extinction. The value of this seizure at the International market is N3,955,596,000.00billion.

“one suspect was arrested in connection with this seizure while the main suspect is currently at large. However, the Unit in collaboration with other sister agencies will not rest on its oars until the main suspect is arrested and brought to book.”

Compt Shuaibu expressed his displeasure: “the offence contravenes Section 55 (1) paragraph C and I of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Act 2023.”

Massive seizure of pangolin scales made through actionable intelligence 

Ahmadu Shuaibu stated emphatically that the success of the operation lies in robust intelligence sharing between Customs and Wild life Office, as well as the resilience by operatives of FOU Zone ‘B’ being able to leverage and utilise the coordinates given to them to make the arrest.

Pangolin scales seized from a slaughter house in Kebbi State without any casualty 

He said : “We wish to put it on record that the success of the operation is unique in that it was casualty free.”

He pointed out ; “from empirical evidence, we make bold to say that those involved in illegal trafficking of endangered species are hiding under it to launder money used in procuring drugs, arms and other illegal merchandise. You can imagine the havoc this would have caused if it had escaped the eagle eyes of our operatives.”

 

The no nonsense enforcement guru and his team

His words ; “l wish to call on the general public to continue to cooperate and stand with the Service on its fight against smuggling. We must work together to salvage this country and to actualise the dream of our founding fathers. May l at this juncture repeat that the Unit shall continue to enforce the Federal Government policies in line with International best practice, no matter the campaign of calumny against the Service.

“You may recall that during our recent briefing on May 21, 2024, we declared our resolve not to allow illegal trading in endangered wildlife species and other smuggling activities to thrive in the Zone. Between that time and today, which is barely two weeks, our operatives have upped-the-ante in the combat against smuggling of protected species and successfully intercepted a consignment of Pangolin scale and its derivatives within Kebbi State axis of the Zone.”

Pangolin scales intercepted by Compt Shuaibu and his team at a slaughter house in Kebbi State 

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