Customs in Ilorin Seizes Goods Worth N98.3 million

Comptroller Mohammed uba Garba.

By Sandra Chukwunyere

The Joint Border Operations Drill, Sector-3, covering North Central zone, has seized contraband worth over N98.3 million in the last three weeks.

Coordinator of the Team, Comptroller Mohammed Garba Uba, who is known to be an Enforcement guru in Customs operations, disclosed this during a press conference in Ilorin recently.

According to Uba, “The prohibited items seized include1,437 bags of foreign rice of (50kg each). 430 bags out of these were concealed in bags of Onions, Maize, Millet and Beans. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) is N24.4million.

“Also seized were 494 Tin-tomatoes; 25 units of vehicles; 18 bales of second-hand clothings and 15 sacks of shoes, intercepted at Jebba-Mokwa, Okuta, Alapa, as well as Kotangora axis of the region, through intelligence”.

Comptroller Uba revealed, that since assumption of duty the sector recorded 151 seizures consisting of 134 used vehicles; 14, 576 Bags of rice- equivalent to 15 trailers; 303,609 litres of Petroleum Products; 362 bundles of textile materials, 11 illicit weapons; 129 motorcycles used in smuggling banned items, among others. The total DPV of the seized items is N802,542,040.”

He stated further that within the same period 23 suspects were arrested in connection with the seized items.

Comptroller Uba explained further that, “We also engaged our stakeholders through meetings. Some of the stakeholders like IPMAN, PTD, Traders, Market women, Textile and Shoe dealers Association, in our efforts to sensitise them about the need to support government’s policy on border closure

“We also paid courtesy visits to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Emirs of Ilorin and Kaima. We equally embarked on operational tours to Ilesha-Baruba and Gwanara axis of the sector”.

He advised that “All illicit traders should desist from illegal trades and engage in legitimate businesses, in order to support economic growth”

Uba reiterated that in order to prevent spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government has announced total closure of all land borders. So, our team in Sector- 3 remains totally committed to the enforcement of this Executive Order.

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