Customs Clampsdown Smugglers, Seizes 19 Contrabands Worth N13million in Adamawa

The Adamawa/Taraba Area Command of the. Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has busted several smuggling activities in the area and made about 19 Seizures valued at about thirteen million, seven hundred and forth nine thousand.

The command also seized and destroyed hundreds of donkey skins smuggled between Nigerian-Cameroun border.

This was made known at a press briefing by the Area Comptroller of Adamawa-Taraba command of the Nigerian Customs Service, Salisu Kazaure Abdullahi, over the weekend in Yola, Adamawa state.

Comptroller Abdullahi Kazaure said, the smugglers have continued to demonstrate defiance to the removal of fuel subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and that the command has vowed to clampdown on activities of smugglers and others, who are committed to wreaking havoc on the Nigerian economy.

Giving details on the service crackdown on smuggling activities in the region, Kazaure said, “In the month under review, the command had recorded nineteen seizures of assorted items with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of thirteen million, seven hundred and forth nine thousand, one hundred and then naira, thirty-five kobo.”

“In defiance of the subsidy removal on PMS, intelligence report has revealed that the smuggling of the product to the west African sub-region still persist. This is owning to the fact that the country’s PMS is of high quality and some of the productscoyld be illegally sourced,

“To that effect, about 19 cartons of insecticide, 26 x 50kg bags of per boiled foreign rice, 15,449 litres of Premium Motor Spirit packed in 17 x 200l drums and 475 x 25 litres and 6 x 35 litres jerry cans were seized,” Kazaure explained.

The Adamawa/Taraba customs boss said, “I want to bring to the notice of the public that the command has vowed to clampdown on all smugglers, because our nation cannot afford to allow saboteurs to take over the nation’s economy.

‘On this note I implore all patriotic Nigerians, stakeholders and all relevant security agencies at the command’s frontiers to continue to collaborate with the customs in the battle against the menace of smuggling, because it is a fight for all.”

The command announced that it has earlier on the 16th of November 2023, destroyed counterfeit and illicit drugs it seized from smugglers.

Shortly after the press briefing, the Kazaure-led command destroyed hundreds of donkey skins confiscated from traffickers of the contraband item.

The comptroller commends the officers and men of the Command and tasked them to remain resolute and determined in the fight against smuggling activities.

He also commended the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Services, Bashir Adeniyi Adewale and the customs management team for providing the command with additional operational vehicles which has strengthened the command’s resolve and operational capacity to affect more seizures and effectively deal a blow to smuggling activities within the command within the period under review.


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