The Katsina Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted contraband goods worth N79.75 million.
The items were seized from 8 January till date, Adewale Musa Aremu, the Customs Area Comptroller in the state, disclosed this at a press conference on Wednesday.
According to Aremu, the items seized include one DAF Tanker with registration number KWL 427 TH with a duty paid value (DPV) of N13.5 million, one blue colour DAF Trailer blue in colour with DPV of N12.15 million, one used Honda Accord, 2017 model, with registration number LSD 442 GK with DPV of N8.1 million; 367 bales of second-hand clothing with a DPV of N30.828 million, 470 bags of 50 kilograms each of foreign rice with a DPV of N8.27 million, and 166 jerrycans of 25 litres each of vegetable oil with a DPV of N1.82 million.
Other items seized include 321 cartons of foreign spaghetti with a DPV of N963,000; 97 cartons of foreign couscous with a DPV of N291,000; 187 bags of 50 kilograms each of foreign sugar with a DPV of N2,721,600 million; 110 cartons of foreign macaroni with a DPV of N330,000, 65 cartons of foreign milky creamer with a DPV of N702,000, and 14 cartons of clinical plaster with a DPV of N73,500.
The Area Comptroller lamented that residents of border communities in the state are not helping the officers in their operations, instead, they are making the operations highly difficult across all the entry points.
He pledged that he and his operatives will continue to be on the tail of smugglers in an effort to stop smuggling across the state.