*Cannabiz sativa, petrol, rice on list of seizures
By Ambrose Okehi
The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has confiscated various items worth over N249.9 Million.
The seized items which were of different kinds and brands include Sativa, petroleum product, rice and other items.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command, DC Chedi Dalha Wada, who is currently talking tough has vowed to fight these smugglers to a standstill.
The smugglers who specialize on illegal activities were however, warned by the ever ready and no nonsense CAC of their illicit trading and affairs, particularly within the Badagry Seme axis, the popular route leading to the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic.
The command’s seizure, according to the information reaching us indicates that Wada’s men made a total of 431 seizures, with a toyal Duty Paid Value (DPV), of more than N249.9million.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the Command, Mr. Hussaini Abdullahi, disclosed this recently through a statement.
The image maker noted that the CAC and his men are sounding a note of final warning smugglers to stop these illegalities and nefarious activities or stand to regret their actions at each step they take
He also said that items seized from 3rd January to 17th April 2020, include2,325 bags of rice (50kg each), equivalent to four trailer load of rice74,585litres of Premium Motor Sprit, commonly known as petrol;887 cartons of frozen poultry products;43 Units of Vehicles (both used and means of conveyance);165 jerrycans of vegetable oil (25litres each) and399 textile materials (6yards each).
Others are112 sacks of used clothes,82 sacks of used shoes; belts; ladies hand bags; as well as45 parcels of cannabis sativa ( Indian hemp), among other items.
The CAC said, “The Command has recorded tremendous achievements following the strategies designed and implemented by the CAC since his assumption of office.”
According to him: “The seizures made for the period under review is in continuation of the fight against activities of dare-devil smugglers and intensified efforts of our anti-smuggling Unit under the leadership of our Area Controller.
“The renewed synergy between different components of anti-smuggling units will also form a formidable force to counter activities of smugglers in all the nooks and crannies of Seme Command.
“However, the issue of coronavirus pandemic cannot be over emphasised. Several measures have been put in place to sensitise the officers, which include area synergy with Port Health Services, headquarters medical team, as well as supply of protective items to the Command, regular washing of hands, usage of face masks and strict adherence to maintenance of social distancing rules.
“The Command will continue to ensure sustainable campaigns and strict enforcement of Federal Government fiscal policies, with a view to protecting the nation’s economy.”