Two suspects were arrested and contraband worth N70m seized within six months by men of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone D.
The Comptroller, Adesanmi Omiye, who stated this during a press conference at the zonal headquarters in Bauchi on Thursday, said the two suspects were arrested for being in possession of 162 kilogrammes of Indian hemp valued at N30m.
He stated that 12 vehicles used to convey the contraband and 674 rounds of 70mm cartridges were also seized.
Omiye said, “The operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone D, Bauchi, apart from blocking and suppressing smuggling within the zone, made nine seizures from September 9 to date. Some of the seizures are 12 bags of marijuana with a value of N30m, 674 rounds of 70mm cartridges and 573 bags of 50kgs of foreign parboiled rice valued at N9,741,000.”
The customs boss said the agency also seized 45 bales of used clothes, valued at N8,827,200; 50 bags of foreign mosquito coils, valued at N450,000; and 175 cartons of foreign soaps, with a value of N2m.
He added that other recovered items were 105 jerrycans (25 litres) of Premium Motor Spirit, valued at N294,000 and 20 jerrycans (25 litres) of foreign vegetable oil valued at N240,000.00.
“These unprecedented seizures were achieved as a result of sharing of information, intelligence gathering and doggedness of the officers and men of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone D, in making the zone unbearable for smugglers,” Omiye said.
Speaking after taking over the 162kg of Indian hemp, the Bauchi State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Segun Oke, expressed gratitude to the customs service for their efforts which led to the seizures of the illicit drugs and the arrest of the suspects.