Customs Seizes N30m Contraband in Sokoto, Kebbi

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Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto

The Nigeria Customs Service, Sokoto Command, has seized contraband worth N30 million in the last six months.

The Comptroller, Federal Operation Unit, Zone B, Kaduna, Mr. Usman Dakingari, made the disclosure to THISDAY shortly after inspecting the seized items at the command headquarters in Sokoto Wednesday.

He said the contraband, which included rice, vehicles, vegetable oil, second hand clothes as well as shoes were seized at the borders in Sokoto and Kebbi States.

Dakingari, who said the zone had recorded modest achievements since his assumption of office in April this year, added: “The zone was somehow dormant before we came in April this year. Through the efforts of our headquarters and men, we have been able to make progress in our anti-smuggling operation on rice, vehicles, vegetable oil and other prohibited items.

“Within the period, we have made seizures with a duty paid value of N30 million in Sokoto and Kebbi. The borders are very vast starting from Illela to Tangaza. You cannot cover all the places and all the areas are prone and porous.”

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