Customs Seizes 56 Vehicles Within 18Days In North Central Zone
Oyewale Oyelola, Ilorin
The Joint Border Drill Operations has seized 56 vehicles and items worth N91.4million within 18 days in North Central zone.
Coordinator Joint Border Drill Operations (North Central), Compt. Mohammed Uba Garba disclosed this on Monday while briefing newsmen at Customs Ilorin Sector 3 Command Office.
Compt Garba said the smugglers have now devised the means of using tipper sand, Keke Napep, toilet papers, electronic gadgets, vehicle spear parts, Salt, and even gone as far as using watermelon to concealed Rice.
His words: ”I want to make this clear to Security, Economic and Environmental saboteurs that any method/trick adopted or used will continue to be an effort in futility, as they will always meet their waterloo irrespective of technique they used, Sector 3 is always ready and will never be deterred to get them apprehended.
”The Sector is strategically
positioned to decisively truncate those with malicious intentions. within the space of 18 days, the new tactics adopted byte sector have led to Fifty Six (56) seizures of different prohibited items”
1,433 Bags of foreign Rice concealed in Bags of Salt and Water Melon.
56 Units of various type of used vehicles
30 Bales of second-hand clothing
200 units of used tires
426 Jeri cans of PMS of 25 liters
6 Drums PMS
29 Jeri cans of 25 liters of AGO
220 Pieces used tires
Total DPV-91, 490,140.00
Suspects Eleven (7)
Garba revealed that all the seizures were recorded around Chikanda, Kotangora, and Jebba-Mokwa, Alapa/Madalla axis of the Sector.
He also expressed his displeasure over the spade at which the smugglers and their sympathizers attack Customs officers at will from carrying out their constitutional duties. ”Our officers were almost lynched with stones and machetes at Dogo-Ogbomosho axis, our official vehicles were not spared.
attacking our officers will not deter the sector from performing its legitimate duties. I want to warn those disgruntle element to desist as that will no longer be tolerated.”
The Joint Border Drill Coordinator commended the patriotic collaboration and tremendous assistance from sister Agencies, host Traditional leaders, eminent personalities, and some host communities including members of the press in our resolute drive against smuggling in the overall interest of our dear nation