By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Items suspected to have been either smuggled or improperly imported into NIgeria through its land borders with total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N320,305,521.78m have been seized by the NIgeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone B with its headquarters in Kaduna in 84 seizures
Disclosing this while briefing newsmen at his office on Friday, Comptroller Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone B A.B. Hamisu explained that the seizures within the zone were done within a month
He explained that they include 1,214 bags of foreign imported rice worth N43,463,179.
Others are 21 units vehicles, worth N186,203,693.00m, comprising 14 means of conveyance worth N142,735,514.00m and 7 units of used vehicles worth N43,468,179.00m.
He also showed the press, 157 bales of foreign second hand clothing worth N23,451,286.25m,
truck load of donkey hides and skin worth N20,797,041.00m, 30 bundles of foreign new textile worth N9,698,714.00m and 114 kegs of vegetable oil (25 litres) worth N7,530,697.50m.
Comptroller Hamisu said that similarly, duty was raised on 46 cartons of TECNO mobile phones worth N6,355,260.00m, imported through Kano Airport.
Continuing, he said other items seized are, “802 cartons of foreign spaghetti & macaroni worth N4,768,122.58m
“800 sacks of adulterated motor oil worth N3,440,000.00m
“89 sacks of foreign rice concealed in beans worth N3,214,947.00m
“44 bags of foreign rice concealed in millet N1,589,412.00m
“30 cartons of foreign soap N1,505,250.00m.
The comptroller explained that his officers and men also intercepted 510 kegs of premium motor spirit (PMS) 25 litres worth N963,823.50.
“110 pieces of foreign used tyres worth N801,317.00m
“53 cartons of foreign matches worth 840,269.95m
“38 cartons of foreign tinned tomato paste worth N1,405,730.20m,” he said.
He explained that in view of the logistics required, some of the items could not be moved to the zonal headquarters in Kaduna.
“There are other seizures that could not be brought here,” he said