Joint Border Operations : Nigeria Customs North Central Zone Out Against Smugglers

Comptroller Uba Garba with other Official of security agencies.

*** Impounds Tipper Concealed 140 bags of foreign rice in sharp sand

By Sandra Chukwunyere

The Nigeria Customs Service Joint Borders Drill Operations for the North Central Zone has fully come out against smugglers operating within the zone.
The zone says it has seized contraband goods worth 1.2billion naira and arrested 53 suspect between May and June this year.

The coordinator of the Joint Borders operations comprising, Niger ,Kogi and Kwara, Compt. Mohammed Uba Garba noted that inspite of the COVID-19, pandemic, the Sector has tried to do their work while continued to comply with the NCDC guidelines in the discharging their duties.
 According a statement made available by the zone, to Maritime Security News, the zone said “Our zeal and determination to implement partial closure of our Nation’s land borders as directed by Mr. President, the Joint Border Operations (JBOD) Sector 3 covering North Central States (Niger/Kwara/Kogi and Benue States) has continued to make the Zone unfavorable for Smugglers. 

Compt. Uba addressing newsmen in Kwara State

Within the period under review, a Patrol team comprising of Nigeria Customs Officers, Nigeria Army, Nigeria Immigration Service, DSS, Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies raided two warehouses at ABAYAWO and ITA-MERIN areas, both in Ilorin West Local Government of Kwara State, suspected to stock pile with foreign par boiled Rice. The two stores were raided and a total of 450 and 224 Bags of foreign Parboiled Rice of 50kg each respectively were discovered to be smuggled in to the State”.

He equally stated that late last month, the Patrol team covering Babanna axis of the Sector in Niger State, intercepted two Mitsubishi Canter with Reg. No XA-241-WEL and XC-166-SUL respectively laden with 54 drums of smuggled petrol with a duty paid Value (DPV) 1.9 Million with two suspects.
“One of the most exceptional seizures is interception of a Tipper with Reg. No. ZAR 803 XA Carefully concealed One Hundred and Forty (140) Bags of foreign Rice in Sharp Sand, some have resorted to using Keke Napep to smuggle rice,” the statements reads.

The Coordinator further said that they Will do everything within their power to help federal government in its plans and policies for the development of agricultural sector of the economy. “Our quest to sustain the tempo of aiding the Federal Government Policy on Agricultural Development in the area of boosting local Rice production, the Sector has also redoubled its efforts by recording a total of Two Hundred and Seventeen (225) seizures within the periods under review”. This include,the Coordinator said that 17,490 Bags of foreign par boiled Rice (equivalent to 29 trailers of 600) Bags each310 Kegs of Vegetable oil1 Locally made Pistol with a live cartridge 944 Drums of AGO3,676 Jerry Cans of Petroleum Product of 25 liters each355 Bundles of Textile Materials28 Bags of foreign fertilizer66 Cartons of different brand of Beers67 Units of Vehicles78 Motor Cycles and one Keke Napep15 Sacks of Used Shoes360 tubers of yam with a total Duty Paid Value,  DPV of N1, 207, 223, 380.00

Seized Items

His words against the dare-devil  smugglers operating in the zone. “The sector has intensified efforts in the execution of the ongoing war against smuggling. Proven new strategies in line with world best practices in suppressing smuggling were utilized and the magnanimous support by the management and Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) has enabled the Sector to achieve great results, the statement finally reads.

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