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Smugglers cannot deter us from seizing contraband goods: Customs

“The NCS seized N28 million worth of goods in North-Central between April and May in 35 separate operations.”

• June 2, 2021

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), North Central Zone, says it would not be deterred by attacks from daredevil smugglers even as it announced seizure of goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N28,203,700 smuggled into the country.

Briefing reporters on Wednesday in Ilorin, the coordinator of the team, Comptroller Olusegun Peters, said the goods were seized in the axis between April and May in 35 separate operations.

“The items include 637 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, 795 gallons of 25 litres Premium Motor Spirit and 15 units of Nigerian used vehicles.

“The other seized items are 14 cartons of condensed milk, four cartons of batteries, 14 tin tomato paste and three bags of sugar,” Mr Peters said.

He, however, attributed the successes recorded in the team’s operations in the sector to the motivation from the NCS, Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) and other sister agencies.

“This has boosted the morale of officers and has kept them in high spirit at all times.

“Despite the series of attacks by daredevil smugglers and hoodlums during our course of duty, the team will not be distracted from executing her mandate.

“To this end, anyone caught obstructing our officers in the line of duty or perpetuating nefarious activities of smuggling shall be made to face the wrath of the law,” the comptroller said.

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