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Zone B Customs impound expired imported milk, rice, unregistered pharmaceuticals

By Eguono Odjegba

Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit Zone B, Nigeria Customs Service has in keeping with the unit’s zero tolerance for smuggling and anti-economic activities intercepted huge quantities of offensive and contraband items worth a total of N229,550,108.07.

The Unit Controller, Comptroller Albashir Hamisu psc(+) said the seizures which comprised of 724 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 149 kegs of 25 litres of PMS and AGO, 227 cartons of foreign spaghetti and couscous, 191 sacks of foreign secondhand clothing and 16 units of used vehicles were made between July and August 2022.
This is in addition to 90 parcels of indian hemp, 135 sacks of expired foreign milk powder with 31 cartons of unregistered pharmaceutical products Hamisu handed over to the Kaduna State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control, NAFDAC,respectively.
A statement by the Unit PRO, SC M.A Magaji quoted the unit boss as saying his officers and men made a total of 117 seizures between June 30th and August 24th, 2022.

The assortment of seizures includ 50×25 litres kegs, foreign vegetable oil, 30 bags of foreign fertilizer, 25 sacks of foreign shoes, 33 cartons of foreign milky creamer and 7 sacks of foreign tiger nuts.
A nightmare to smugglers within the zone and beyond, Hamisu attributed his unit’s successes to information volunteered by patriotic Nigerians, diligent harnessing of intelligence, inter-agency synergy and effective performing management.
Responding after the handover of the items, the representatives of the Commander of NDLEA, ACN Ali Ado Kubau and State Coordinator NAFDAC, Mr Nasir Mato, respectively thanked Hamisu, his management team, officers and men for the unwavering synergy that exists between customs and other sister agencies.

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