NCS Seeks Public’s Cooperation in the Fight against Smuggling

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, wants the support of Nigerians and communities to check the activities of smugglers and put an end to the crime.

The Customs Area Controller, Ogun One Area Command, Mr. Dera Nnadi who made the appeal in Abeokuta, said the command had taken delivery of ten new operational vehicles as part of efforts to enhance the fight against smuggling.

Customs Area Controller, Ogun One Area Command, Mr. Dera Nnadi displaying one of the new vehicles given to the command

Mr. Nnadi while interacting with journalists on the activities of the command in the last month, solicited the continued support of stakeholders especially the traditional institutions in sensitizing their followers to the dangers inherent in smuggling.

The Customs Area Controller who acknowledged the efforts by the Comptroller General of Customs towards boosting anti-smuggling operations with the provision of the vehicles emphasized that the support of Nigerians was crucial to winning the fight against those he described as economic saboteurs.

Mr. Nnadi noted that if not checked, the activities of smugglers could hinder the federal government’s rice policy and promised that the command would not relent in its fight against the crime, especially ahead of the Yuletide period, during which he observed that there was usually a rise in smuggling activities.

He said the Ogun One Area Command had recorded the seizures of contraband items with the cumulative duty paid value of 172, 999, 387 naira in the last thirty-six days.

Mr. Nnadi listed the items recovered to include 12 trailer-loads of 50 kilograms of foreign parboiled rice, 300 litres of vegetable oil, bales of used clothing and shoes, petroleum products and cartons of foreign poultry products as well as 124 book size and 165 coconut size packages of Cannabis Sativa.

Olusegun Folarin

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