Nigeria customs seize items worth N3.2bn, arrest eight suspects in Northern region

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Border Drill Operation Sector 4, Katsina, has announced that it seized various goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth N3.2 billion from January 2020 to date.

NCS also made 801 seizures and arrested eight smuggling suspects within the period.

The sector coordinator of the North West Zone, Aliyu Mohammed, said this while briefing journalists in Kaduna on Tuesday, NAN reports.

Mohammed said, “A total of 1,713 bales of new textile and 5,400 bags of parboiled rice of 25kg concealed in a local bag were seized.

“Others include 9,735 bags of foreign fertilizer 15-15 NPK without address and expiring date, 1.4m litters of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) and Diesel.’’

Mohammed added that 385 packs of Indian hemp, 290 bales of used-clothes and pharmaceutical drugs were also seized.

He, however, said that the collaboration with various sister agencies had yielded positive results by helping them in the successful discharge of their responsibility.

According to him, training and retraining of officers and an increase in their welfare package also helped a lot.

Mohammed also said that with the COVID-19 pandemic, the zone had continued to ensure that officers comply with the NCDC guidelines while discharging their duties.

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