Comptroller, Customs Federal Operation Unit Zone “B” Kaduna, Mustapha Sarkin-Kebbi, on Tuesday said 400 bags of smuggled rice and 600 bags of fertiliser had been intercepted in the zone in the last two weeks.
Sarkin-Kebbi stated that the unit’s operatives attached to Ilorin/Jebba/Mokwa axis discovered new antics deployed by smugglers to evade arrest in carrying out their nefarious activities.
According to him, “Large quantity of smuggled rice were criminally sandwiched between watermelons in two trucks, which further examination revealed were 400 bags of 50kg rice each.”
He disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr. Abubakar Usman, the command’s Public Relations Officer, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna.
He said, “Our officers arrested two trucks laden with 140 units of refurbished gas cylinders smuggled into the country from Niger Republic.
“Another truck load of NPK fertilizer was arrested along Jibia/Agangaro axis of Katsina State and after 100 per cent physical examination, the vehicle was found to contain 600 bags of NPK 15-15-15 fertilizer smuggled into the country, ” he said.
“NPK 15-15-15 fertilizer falls under the import prohibition list order and bringing in such product violates section 46 of Customs Excise and Management Act, CEMA CAP C45 LFN 2004.
The Comptroller said that any goods imported, landed or unloaded contrary to any prohibition shall be forfeited as stated in the section.
He said that other items seized where 200 pieces of used tyres, 90 bales of second hand clothings and 322 kegs of vegetable oil along Katsina/Kano axis.
The comptroller said that the unit had resolved to adopt more strategies to vigorously combat smuggling activities in the zone.