The Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command in its quest to safeguard our water ways of illicit activities such as smuggling, has made various seizures with duty paid value of N 26,928,550.59 in the first quarter of 2018.
This was made known in a press statement by the command’s public relations officer, Emmanuel Tangwason who said effective strategies have been put in place to reduce smuggling across the nation’s waterways.
The statement disclosed that the command Area Controller Sarkin Kebbi MM has reinvigorated its 24 hour water patrols across the creeks in the south west down to Kebbi State
Sarkin Kebbi was quoted in the statement saying the command will not compromise on its mandate or allow smugglers under any guise to use the waters for their unlawful venture.
A breakdown of the seizures shows 195 bales of used clothing worth N16,380,000.00; 705 units of 20 liters premium motor spirit worth N2,044,500.00; 170 kegs of vegetable oil and sugar valued at N2,363,946.00 and 100 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice worth N1,237,469.01
Other seizures recorded according to the statement include another 170 bags foreign parboiled rice worth N2,103,697.38; frozen poultry products valued at N324,000.00 and another 200 bags of rice worth N2,474,938.2