Customs seize N197,416,380 contraband  in Bauchi

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From Beatrice GONDYI, Bauchi

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone D, Bauchi said, it has seized contraband worth N197,416,380.

This was disclosed by Comptroller, of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Adesanmi Omiye, while briefing reporters on Thursday, at the Zonal headquarters in Bauchi.

Omiye explained that success was recorded from November 2019 to 24 March 2020.

According to him, 5 sacks of pangolin shells weighing 150kgs, 799 bags of foreign rice, 218 jerricans of 25kgs of vegetable oil, 628 cartons of foreign soap, 12 vehicles, 8 motorcycles, 117 jerricans of PMS, 20 bales of used clothes and 40 wraps of marijuana, were seized within the period.

He said: “One the 25 February 2020, the Operatives of Federal Operations Unit, Zone D Bauchi State, based on intelligence, raided some warehouses/shops in Gombe and successfully evacuated 327 bags of 50kgs of foreign parboiled rice classified under the heading 1006 of CET and 386 cartons of 80 pieces per carton of foreign soap classified under the heading 3401 of the CET with total DPV of N3,237,300 only.

“On the 15 February 2020, the Operatives of the unit together with Strike Force Team and Adamawa/Taraba Command Offices at Gella road checkpoint in Mubi, Adamawa state, made a seizure of one used bus with number plate XA 421 KBY, conveying five sacks of Pangolin shells weighing 150kgs classified under the heading 0507 with Duty Paid Value of N166,455,000 only.

“On the 7 March 2020, the Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), zone ‘D’ Bauchi while on credible information patrol around Song/Farang axis in Adamawa state intercepted two used vehicles; one Toyota Starley with registration number MHA 765 AA and one Toyota Corolla with registration number MHA 786 AA loaded with jerricans suspected to be PMS (Premium Motor Spirit).

“Upon physical examination, the two vehicles were discovered to contain 62 jerricans of PMS classified under heading 2710 of CET with total DPV of N2,961,000.”

Omiye added that on Monday 10 February 2020, a joint patrol team of the FOU, Zone ‘D’ with Strike Force Team and Borno/Yobe Command Officers along Karasuwa area, about 10km away from Gashua in Yobe State, made a seizure of 24 bags of 50kgs each of foreign parboiled rice, 10 bags of 25kgs each of foreign parboiled rice, 218 jerricans of 25kgs each of vegetable oil, 12 bags of baking powder, 38 cartons 10kgs each of couscous and 18 cartons of foreign milk powder.

He said the total DPV for the contraband is N3,563,580 only.

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