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Worth N150.4m: Kano/Jigawa customs impounds donkey skin, contraband




The Kano/Jigawa Area Customs Command has impounded large donkey skin and assorted contraband goods worth over N150, 462, 709.00, along Babura and Daura routes leading to Kano through Katsina State within one month of its operations.

Giving an update on the seizures made by the command to reporters at his headquarters in Bompai, Kano, yesterday, the Customs Area Comptroller of the Command, Nasiru Ahmed, said his men and officers were able to intercept 678 packages of 25 kilogrammes of unfinished leather of donkey skin with a duty paid value of N70.1 million, which were prepared and labelled to be exported to China.

Also, over 4, 114 jerry cans of foreign 25-litre vegetable oil were seized, valued at N56.5 million; 490 bags of foreign rice were also intercepted which value was put at N11 million.

Ahmed said his men were able to impound 19 units of assorted smuggled vehicles valued at N7.7 million, adding that 223 compressed blocks and a bag of Indian hemp estimated at N3.3 million, concealed inside a black Jeep heading towards Kano, was also intercepted.

Other items impounded include 110 cartons of foreign soap valued at N802, 340; 16 bags of 50 kilogrammes foreign sugar worth N328, 560; and 132 cartons of foreign spaghetti put at N570, 145.

Ahmed said six suspects were arrested in connection with the smuggled goods and have been granted administrative bail.

The Customs had earlier had a stakeholders meeting with the leadership of Kano marketers, where it urged them to stop patronising smuggled goods, pointing out that such action is detrimental to the economic development of the country. (Thenation)

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