Nigeria Customs Intercepts N900 Million Smuggled Items.
By Dipo Omoware
The Nigerian Customs Service has intercepted smuggled items worth over 900 million naira at the Nigeria Port Authority in Port Harcourt.
The Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), said this while briefing newsmen shortly after he inspected the seized items.
The CG said 32 bags of pangolin scales estimated to be worth over 800 million naira were intercepted at the cargo wing of the Port Harcourt International airport on their way enroute China.
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He added that ten containers filled with canned tomato paste and two containers loaded with canned mackerel fish both estimated to be worth over ninety million naira were also intercepted at the Port Harcourt seaport.
Ali while noting that the seized items were intercepted following intelligence reports said the interception of the smuggled items shows the two-month-old partial land border closure by the Federal government is yielding positive results.
“It is becoming clearer for those who had some doubts about the rationale for partial closure of the land border that we indeed have a lot to gain; security is improving, farmers are enjoying patronage and are able to engage more hands.”
“Our wellbeing has also been increased because the drugs that are being imported especially tramadol and the rest which are harmful to the health and wellbeing of our people have been reduced drastically.”
Ali also noted the security of the country has improved as a result of the partial border closure.
“For those of you, who must have been reading the newspapers and listening to the electronic media. the rate of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and of course the activities of the Boko Haram in the North East have reduced drastically and the simple conclusion is that either the arms and ammunitions that is being used by these miscreants is no longer available or the miscreants who do transcend from border to come into Nigeria and commit these acts are no longer allowed to come in as a result of the border closure.”
While commending officers of Port Harcourt area one command for their efforts in intercepting the items, Ali noted that the customs service have increased surveillance of air and seas ports following the partial closure of the land borders.
He appealed to members of the public to support the customs and provide them with more credible information.
Additional report by Joshua Rodgers.