25 August 2020 by Abdullahi jalaluddeen
The Kano/ Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has arrested more than 15 persons and seized contraband items worth N80million.
The Command’s Comptroller, Ahmad Nasir disclosed this while displaying the seized items to journalists in Kano.
The Comptroller who said the seizure and arrests were made within the period of two months in various routes leading into the State added that the persons had been granted administrative bails while the items would be forfeited.
He identified Babura area in Jigawa State as the most notorious as men and officers where always in battle with the smugglers.
He explained that the command seized four trucks of 1,842 bags of expired fertilizer, 567 Jerricans (25 litres) of Vegetable oil and 53 bales of Second hand clothes.
Other items seized include, 1,608 bags of Rice (50kg), 113 bags of Foreign sugar (50kg), 278 compressed blocks of Indian hemp and 20 units of used vehicles as means of conveyance.
The comptroller noted that Among the items seized, aside from the fertilizer which is dangerous security wise as it can be used to make bombs, the cannabis sativa is the second most dangerous item under which people can be influenced to carry out dirty acts such as insurgency, kidnapping, smuggling and rape among others.
He adviced smugglers to desist from such acts which he described as detrimental to the nation.
Ahmad Nasir also commended the DSS, Police and other security outfits for the intelligence gathering, sharing and collaboration.