The Customs Strike Force Zone “C” said it has continued to make strategic seizures that have consequences on national security and economy with the latest seizures of clothes and other items having a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N143.6 million in Edo state.
The Deputy National PRO, AC Abubakar Dalhatu, in a statement on Monday, quoted the Team leader of the strike force, Deputy Comptroller Yusuf Musa as saying his team seized 66 sacks of cannabis sativa weighing 1056 kg, 54 cartons of medicament, six bales of second hand clothing, 18,640 pieces of wrist watch, 40 bales of wrapper, and eight sacks of children wears.
The others are 14 cartons of female slippers, 40 bales wrapper and 30 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each). “The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the aforementioned seized items stood at N143, 627, 748.20.
“The interceptions were made at various locations within Edo state and environs based on credible intelligence.”
He stated that the stride was made possible due to the resilience, commitment and dedication by his Officers and Men, who at the risk of their personal safety, put in their best to ensure that the job is done.
DC Musa expressed the determination of his team to maintain the offensive against smugglers no matter the level of threats they continuously send their way.
It will be earlier recalled that the Comptroller General of Customs strategically re-jigged the strike force team across the federation to strengthen the third layer of Customs security against smuggling. This is basically to block revenue leakages and also to suppress smuggling to its barest minimum.
The Coordinator further appreciates the support of the Comptroller General of Customs and his Management Team for their tireless support through effective supervision and provision of necessary logistics. He also solicits the support of members of the public towards making the nation socially, economically and environmentally viable by ensuring compliance to extant government fiscal policies.