By Ese Awhotu with agency report
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) disclosed yesterday that it has seized elephant tusks, buffalo horns, and other illicit goods worth several millions of naira from smugglers on River Benue in Adamawa State.
The Customs Comptroller for Adamawa and Taraba States, Kamardeen Olumoh made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Adamawa on Tuesday.
He said the Command’s anti-smuggling war had led to several seizures.
According to him, “The seized items include elephant tusks, buffalo horns, used tyres and tricycles. Others are 2,527 50-kilogramme bags of foreign parboiled rice, twelve (12) motor vehicles, twenty-two (22) motorcycles,204 bales of second-hand clothing, cartons of spaghetti, 52 drums of petroleum product (PMS) with each drum containing 230 litres totalling 11,960.”
Olumoh who put the duty paid value for all items seized at N80 million, said further that, the agency’s engagement with border communities had yielded result in crunching smuggling in the zone.
“Among the border communities visited are Gurin, Wuro Bokki, Wuro Alhaji, Mubi and Gembu. This is all in an effort to encourage the communities to partner with Customs in the battle against smuggling,” he added.
The also said there had been a strategic and operational collaboration between the Nigeria Customs and its Cameroonian counterpart on how to manage the security challenges along borders ” to enhance security surveillance and mutual exchange and sharing of cross border trade data.”