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COMPTROLLER ATTAH: Kebbi State Customs Command Made 32 Seizures

Comptroller Joseph Attah of Kebbi Area Command said his command had made 32 seizures of contraband in March 2022.

A statement circulated by the command revealed that the seizure was in line with the command’s renewed resolve to clampdown on smuggling activities.

“Gentlemen of the press, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you once again, this sunny Wednesday, 6th April, 2022 for yet another press briefing on the Command’s activities for the month of March, 2022.

“Our renewed and sustained clampdown on smuggling activities in the Command has yielded a total number of thirty two (32) seizures for the period under review.

“These include: 579 jerricans equivalent to 14,475 liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) 45 bales of second hand clothes, 45 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50KG each.

“320 sacks of scrap metals. Two (Daf) trucks used as means of conveyance, One (1) used Ford Edge vehicle; among others.

“The Duty Paid value of the items stands at eighty seven million, seven hundred and seven thousand and nine hundred and eighty five naira (87,707,985).

“In line with extant laws, most of the inflammable products have been auctioned to government agencies, with the amount generated as fees remitted to government coffers. What you are seeing now is part of it which will also be auctioned immediately after this briefing.

“Worthy of note is the fact that petrol smuggling through the Command has continued to be on the decrease in the face of sustained offensive against the illicit trade.

“Those who thought they can use motorcycles to ferry jerricans of PMS through bush paths are counting their losses going by the activities of the Command’s anti bunkering team.

“The profit motive that drives smuggling is being scuttled. It is therefore reasonable for such people to embrace legitimate means of livelihood.

“These seizures should send a clear message that smuggling is no longer profitable. We have demonstrated that we are capable as we have been empowered with all the necessary logistics and moral support by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and members of his management.

“All we need from the general public is to support us with useful information as to the clandestine movement of smugglers.

Together we can defeat these enemies of State.” the statement read.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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