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The Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Kebbi State Command, has seized not less than 2,375 litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol loaded in jerricans.
The command in its November review stated that smuggled 303 bales and 94 sacks of second-hand clothing, and 58 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each; among other items with a duty paid value of 46,706,795,00 were intercepted by its operatives.
Comptroller Joseph Attah, the Customs Area Controller stated this on Thursday while displaying the seized items by the Command in the month of November. He said that the command made more than N127 million in revenue during the period of review.
Giving further details, Attah said that the command generated N127,839,390.75 as revenue from mostly import of goods into the country through the Kamba border.
Lamenting the increased rate of smuggling of second-hand clothes, the Area Controller assured that his personnel are capable of checkmating the activities of smugglers as they are well equipped with the required logistics to effectively discharge their duties.
He said, “From the record at our disposal, there is an increase in the smuggling of second-hand clothes in the last two months. You may recall that 139 bales were also seized in October.
“The smugglers cash in on the people’s demand for thick clothes such as cardigans in this harmattan season to smuggle these used clothes, not minding the health implication to the end use.
“We don’t know where the items came from or the last users of the clothes, their health status, and so on.
“For the avoidance of doubt, second-hand clothing falls under Schedule 4 of the Common External Tariff 2022-2026, importation of which is absolutely prohibited on health grounds.”
According to Attah, its smuggling goes against Section 46 of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C. 45 LFN, 2004 (as amended).
He added, “It is our responsibility to ensure that no item that could negatively affect our people is allowed entry. We are determined to do just that.”