Customs Confiscates N1.96bn Rice, Others in Kano, Jigawa

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Nigerian Customs Service, Kano/Jigawa Command has intercepted some rice and other contraband valued at N196billion in two months.

The seizures are 3,387 bags of smuggled foreign rice, second-hand clothes, spaghetti, and 34,940 sachets of hard drugs.

The service noted that the seizures were made between March and April 2022 in the two states.

Also, the Controller of the  Command, Comptroller M. A Umar said that the command had been able to increase its revenue collection to over N14billion, up from the previous N9.6billion.

He noted:  “As part of our efforts of combating smuggling activities, our command has achieved tremendous success seizing 1,593 bags of smuggled foreign rice valued at over N46.7million, 275 wraps of cannabis Sativa, and seven cartons of tramadol.

“Other items seized within this period include 1,237 cartons of foreign soap valued at N16.1million, 151 cartons of spaghetti, 131 bales of second-hand clothes, and 34,940 sachets of hard drugs. The total value of all seized items is N1,966,115,027.15.”

Umar said that the seized hard drugs would be handed over to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further action.

The comptroller warned the people in the area to desist from smuggling, saying that it had a detrimental effect on the economy.