Customs FOU Kaduna recovers N275.9m in one month
BY GBOGBOWA GBOWA
Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘B’ Kaduna yesterday handed over 250 parcels of Cannabis Sativa, otherwise locally known as Indian Hemp to the State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
According to a statement released by the Unit Public Relations Officer, DSC M.A Magaji, the illicit substance which was impounded by its operatives recently, was part of seizures made by the unit between December 22, 2021 and January 27, 2022; with a total Duty Paid Value of N275,989,659.70.
The Unit Controller, Comptroller Albashir Hamisu psc (+) quoted to have disclosed above, listed the seizures to include 856 bags of foreign parboiled rice and 474 kegs of 25 litres each premium motor spirit (PMS).
Others are 22 units of vehicles, 92 bales of secondhand clothing, 41 bales of foreign new textiles, 825 cartons of foreign spaghetti and macaroni, 60 pieces of foreign jack knife, 20 cartons of foreign cigarette, amongst other general merchandise.
The statement reads, “The Comptroller FOU Zone B Kaduna Comptroller Albashir Hamisu psc(+) has disclosed that his unit between 22 December 2021 and 27 January 2022 seized 856 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 474 kegs of 25 litres each premium motor spirit (PMS) amongst other items worth N275,989,659.70.”
Hamisu attributed the impressive beginning year outing to increased patriotism of members of the public in border communities who now volunteer information to his officers at no cost, in addition to high level vigilance by officers and men of the unit.
The Unit Controller yesterday handed over the seized Indian Hemp to the Representative of the NDLEA Commander, DCN Aliyu Muazu Dan-Musa, Deputy State Commander, Operations and Intelligence. This is even as Hamisu advised members of the public to shun the temptations of smuggling and embrace legitimate trades and vocations for the economic betterment of Nigeria.