FOU Zone B Arrests Four Suspects In Connection With Seized Endangered Species





The Customs operatives of Federal Operations Unit Zone B of the Nigeria Customs Service has made known the
arrested of four suspects involved in conveying of dried donkey bones and meat along Sokoto/Gusau Road in Zamfara State.

The dried donkey parts that was loaded in trucks with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of about three billion naira
was intercepted by the officers of the Unit on two seperate occations.

As contained in a statement made available by the Unit on Tuesday, the Area Controller, Comptroller Ahmadu Bello Shuiabu lamented that some unscrupulous elements with no regard for lives and preservation of endangered species like the donkey which is near extinction has been arrested with the illicit goods deizef.

Comptroller Shuaibu explained that on April 25, 2024, operatives of the Unit acting on credible intelligence intercepted one truck with registration number GGE 526 XL along Sokoto/Gusau Road in Zamfara State conveying illicit goods which were brought to Kaduna for further examination.

That upon careful examination the truck was discovered to be conveying 750 sacks of donkey bones with DPV estimated at Two Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N2, 363,500,000.00) only.

He disclosed that one suspect was a arrested in connection with the seizure while on May 5, 2024 at about 0310hrs, the operatives of the Unit intercepted Two (2) Canter Trucks carrying Dried Donkey Meat along Kontagora – Tegina Road in Niger State.

According to him, thorough examination was carried out and the illicit goods umcovered ” After 100% physical examination the trucks were found to contain 860 sacks of Dried Donkey meat. Three suspects were also arrested in connection with the seizure.

” The above illegal trading clearly contravene Section 55 (1) paragraph c and i (1) of the NCS Act 2023 which says that “Import and Exports shall where applicable be subject to prohibitions and restrictions relating to: The protection of the health and life of humans, animals, or plants; (i) Controlled goods imported or exported in line with relevant International laws, conventions and agreements (1) relevant International laws, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).


He added that government is concerned that donkeys are part of rare animals that are being driven towards extinction by activities of unscrupulous elements, and Nigeria is signatory to the international convention for the continued prevention of endangering these species.

“Therefore, the Unit and indeed the Nigeria Customs Service will not and cannot fold its hand and allow this illegal trade to continue to take place.

He disclosed that another concern is the seizure of 58,740 sachets of tramadol and 48,000 ampules of Anelgin injection that was arrested by the operatives of the Unit on the 2nd of May 2024 at about 1130hrs along Saminaka/Nimbiya/Kafanchan axis of Kaduna state.

”These illicit drugs were neatly concealed with motor spare parts but our eagle eye was able to catch up with them. The DPV of these illicit drugs is One Hundred and Sixty-Seven Million, Fiv te Hundred Thousand Naira (N167,500.00) only.


Comptroller Shuiabu pointed out that anti-smuggling initiative is fast going beyond old traditional physical measures, stressing that the NCS has sharpened its skill in intelligence gathering through improved information technology kits.

He added that the era of exclusively mounting checkpoint is long gone, saying that as the Enforcement Unit is up to date in the deployment of ICT assisted intelligence gathering and strategies to achieve its mandate.

“The success we are showcasing today is therefore a demonstration of our collective determination to continue to carry out our duty with undivided attention, and without fear or favour.

” Those who wish to try our resolve should have a rethink as we shall be unsparing in implementing the laws and policy directives of the Federal Government as directed by the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his management team.

He listed the other seizures made by the command under the period to include;12 vehicles (means of conveyance) , 174 Bags of Foreign Rice (50 kg each) , 234 Jerry cans of PMS (25 litres each)
109 bales of second hand clothing , 367 cartons of Spaghetti , 50 cartons of Macaroni and 47 Jerry cans of foreign vegetable oil


Other items are: 6 sacks of used shoes , 100 sacks of snuff , 30 bags of foreign sugar (25kg each) , 2,255 cartons of herbicide chemical , 10 cartons of foreign couscous
235 Bags of Foreign flour (25kg each) and
Over 100 cartons of general goods.


The CAC explained that the total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items is Three Billion, One Hundred and Seventy-Five Million, Eighty Four Thousand Naira, Two Hundred and Seventeen Naira and Seventy-Five Kobo (N 3,175,084,217.75) only.


He however hinted that the suspect arrested for impersonation in Sokoto have face the law and the law has taken its course on him.

While appreciating the leadership of the Sokoto/Zamfara Area Command of the Service and the Customs Police Unit for their continued efforts in assisting the Unit to take the Service to greater height, he added that the officers and men of the Unit are focused, committed and prepared to continue to carry out their assignments with utmost sense of courtesy and unwavering professionalism.





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