Customs Seizes 14 Smuggled Vehicles, Other Contraband in Katsina
By Francis Sardauna
Not less than 14 vehicles of different brands and other contraband smuggled into the country through border towns have been seized by the Katsina State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) with a duty paid value of N101,027,350.00.
The Acting Area Comptroller of the Command, Dalha Wada Chedi, disclosed this Thursday, at the command’s headquarters in Katsina, while briefing journalists about its anti-smuggling activities in the state.
He said the 14 smuggled vehicles intercepted by the command included a Toyota Hilux, 2020 model; a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SUV, 2020 model; a Mercedes Benz 180, 2006 model; a Toyota Rav 4; a Honda v-tec space wagon, 2002 model; a Passat wagon, and a Nissan Pathfinder.
Others, according to the acting comptroller, were a Volkwagon Golf, Golf 2; a J5 Citroen, a Mercedes Benz 911 tipper; a fairly used J5 Ducato Fiat bus; a fairly used Peugeot 504, and a fairly used J5 Peugeot bus.
He explained that operatives of the command have also seized 232 bags of foreign rice, 122 cartons of foreign spaghetti, 48 Jerri cans of vegetable oil and 25 cartons of foreign tomato paste.
He said: “We also seized seven cartons of foreign couscous, 40 bags of Tigger nuts, 35 bags of animal feeds, 31 cartons of condensed milk, as well as 8,775 litres of PMS. The 14 vehicles and other seized items are valued at N101,027,350.00.”
While pointing out that a conducive environment was key to business growth and improved revenue, Chedi called on stakeholders, businessmen and women to cooperate with the command in order to tackle smuggling in border communities across the state.