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Zone D: Customs impound N276m contraband

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘D’, Bauchi, impounded contraband valued at N276,698,800 between January and September this year.

This was revealed by the Comptroller in charge of the zone made up of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa states, Olugboyega Peters, in Bauchi on Tuesday.

He said the landmark seizure within the period included two bags of Pangolin shells weighing 100kg with a total Duty Paid Value of N220.5m.

According to him, operatives of the unit made the seizure on August 9 along the Mubi-Michika Road.

Peters said, “On August 9, 2019, operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘D’, Bauchi, acting on credible information in the Mubi area spotted people removing sacks from a broken down vehicle parked by the roadside.

“On sighting our official patrol vehicle, these people took to their heels and fled into the nearby bush; their action raised the curiosity of our operatives.

“Upon searching the abandoned sacks, they were found to contain 200kg of Pangolin shells classifiable under HS Code 0507.1090.00 of the Common External Tariff with the total DPV of N220, 500,000.”

He also said that on the same day, the operatives made another seizure of a used Nissan Vannete bus with number plate SGD 831 XA conveying 50 bags of foreign rice classifiable under Chapter 1006 of the CET with total DPV of N2,890,800 only along the Jengre-Jos Road.”

The Comptroller told newsmen that on the same August 5, operatives made another seizure of 20 bales of second-hand clothing with the total DPV of N1,920,000 in the Darazo-Gombe area, among other seizures.(Punch)

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