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Customs seizes over N50m worth of smuggled goods

The New Coordinator of Joint Border Operations Drill, Sector 3, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters has  revealed that the Joint Border Operations Drill (JBOD) Sector  3 has seized a total sum of N53,158,143 worth of goods from smugglers within five weeks.

Comptroller Olugboyega Peters who disclosed this at a news conference in Ilorin the Kwara state capital North Central Nigeria stated that various strategies were deployed in enforcing the said powers within his short stay in the sector.

He added that part of the strategies deployed against all forms of smuggling, human trafficking and proliferation of arms and ammunition led to 65 seizures of different items.

The  seized items are:

  • 4 Single Barrel Riffle with a (1) Suspect
  • 1,643 Bags of foreign par boiled rice (Above 3 Trailers)
  • 373 Jerri cans of PMS of 25liters
  • 12 Jerri cans of AGO
  • 32 Used Vehicles
  • 4 Bales of Secondhand Clothing
  • 1 Motorcycle

Comptroller Peters, who assumed office on October 12 this year in the sector, gave the assurance that he would continue to wage war against smugglers, and stated that every effort or tactic exhibited by the smugglers to beat security checks operatives would remain fruitless and build on the success recorded by his predecessors.

The customs boss appealed to the patriotic spirit of all Nigerians, especially members of the business communities to see the exercise as an opportunity to further create a conducive environment for local businesses to thrive in the overall interest of national security, well being of the citizens and economic development, including creation of job opportunities, reduction of crime rate and other social vices.

He reiterated that the current administration has zero tolerance for corruption and revenue leakages in all its ramifications adding that  the Joint Border Operations Sector 3 under his watch is committed to enforcing same stressing that the Sector will continue to re-invigorate strategies that will enhance their performance.

According to him, it is no longer news that during Endsars protest, a criminal attempt was made by hoodlums with the intention to set their office ablaze and loot seized goods, but with their resilience, they repelled the attack and therefore commended officers and men of Nigeria Customs Service, command, JBOD and all sister security agencies especially Nigeria Army for exhibiting their professionalism in handling the incident.

Comptroller Peters, however, said the priority of the sector remains to keep the borders safe from any inimical activity that would compromise the nation’s national interests, uniformity with the international trade agreement and by extension the country’s  national security.

He appreciated Nigerians especially the local business community for their continuous support as well as media houses in Kwara State for their balance reportage

 

 

Source: Voice of Nigeria