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Customs seize contraband goods worth N165m

The Niger Kogi Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has made a seizure of some smuggled items and vehicles with duty paid value of over N165 million naira.

Customs Area Controller, Mr Busayo Kadejo who stated this while showcasing the seized items before Newsmen in Minna also promised to make the Niger Kogi Area Command a no go zone for smugglers.

Mr Busayo Kadejo explained that prominent amongst the seized items are 15 vehicles of various makes valued at over N141 million naira, 9,560 pieces of pharmaceuticals, 4 bales and 14,604 pieces of imported soap.

Others are 2,070 pieces of machetes, 32,850 canned sardine fish and 1,790 pieces of jack knives.

Mr Kadejo, however, said the Niger Kogi Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service has for the month of November under review realised over N22 million naira as revenue stressing that his officers and men are poised to surpass their annual revenue target.

According to him the command is able to achieve this successes due to improved capacity and logistics received from the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali and his management team.

He reaffirmed that the Federal Government policy of border closure is still in force at Banana in Niger state stressing that what ever they are doing is backed by law of Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 LFN 2004 as ammended.

The Controller Niger Kogi Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service while assuring officers and men of improved welfare package also added that they will sustain the fight against snuggling with renewed vigour and determination.

Reporting by Aliyu Lawal; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino

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