The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Katsina, has said it seized goods worth N3.2 billion and arrested eight suspects from January 2020 to date.
Aliyu Mohammed, the sector coordinator, Border Drill Operation Sector 4, Katsina, covering the North West Zone, said within the period it made 801 seizures and arrested eight smuggling suspects.
Giving a breakdown of the total seizures on Tuesday, he said, “a total of 1,713 bales of new textile and 5,400 bags of parboiled rice of 25kg concealed in a local bag were seized.
“Others include 9,735 bags of foreign fertiliser 15-15 NPk without address and expiring date, 1.4m litters of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) and Diesel.’’
He added that 385 pack of Indian hemp, 290 bales of used-clothes and also pharmaceutical drugs and injunction was also seized.
He, however, said that the collaboration with various sister agencies had yielded positive result by helping them in the successful discharge of their responsibility.
According to him, training and retraining of officers and an increase in their welfare package also helped a lot.
He also said that with the COVID-19 pandemic, the zone had continued to ensure that officers comply with the NCDC guidelines while discharging their duties.
He disclosed that the service was also strategising on its operations to avoid casualty while calling on the general public to continue to assist with useful information on smuggling activities within their communities.