The Federal Operation Units of the Nigerian Customs Service, Zone B, have seized smuggled goods valued at an estimate of N40, 529, 273 million Duty Paid Value.
Al-Bashir Hamisu, the Kaduna State Comptroller, disclosed this at Zone B Headquarters along the Kaduna-Zaria highway on Wednesday.
He stated the seizures were made within the zone and promised Customs officials will continue to secure the borders against smugglers.
Some of the seized commodities include; 484 parcels of Indian hemp, 373 bags of foreign rice, 45 kilograms of vegetable oil and 48 bales of second hand clothing amongst others.
He said, “The duty paid value of these items is 40,526,273 million naira. My message to these smugglers is that we are not going to rest and we will make sure that we follow them into their bed room just to stop them from bringing in rice and other banned goods into this country.”
Hamisu further laid emphasis on the fact that rice importation remain illegal and therefore the Service will not compromise by allowing foreign rice into the country. He also explained the federal government has plans for intra-agricultural growth and and that customs is ready to ensure the policies of government are implemented.
The Comptroller handed over the 484 parcels of the seize Indian hemp to the Kaduna state commander of NDLEA, Uche Iyke.