The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, says its officers have intercepted imported drugs including sex enhancement drugs and other items along the Katsina State axis worth N110.890 million.
The Coordinator, Strike Force Zone ‘B’, DC. Useni Aliyu, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Katsina while briefing newsmen, said that the seizure was done from Oct. 2 till date.
He said that the service intercepted 52 cartons of different drugs with fake NAFDAC numbers valued at N6.102million and a motorcycle valued at N60,000.
“During the period under review, we were also able to intercept 450 bags of 50 kilogrammes of foreign parboiled rice valued N10.890million.
“We also intercepted another 100 bags of 25kg of the same parboiled rice worth N1.210million, 300 cartons of foreign spaghetti worth N1.080million.
“Our operatives also succeeded in seizing 790 cartons of foreign soaps valued N91.008.000 concealed in noodle packs,” he said.
According to Mr Aliyu, the success was part of their efforts in anti-smuggling operations within the axis to achieve their zero-tolerance policy for smuggling.
“Anti-smuggling activities are a continuous work, and the service will not relent in their efforts toward ensuring zero tolerance for smuggling by blocking every nook and cranny,” he said.
He explained that the continued interception of foreign rice would assist in encouraging local farmers to produce more to support the country’s economy.
Mr Aliyu said that during the period under review, three suspects were arrested and released under administrative bail pending conclusion of investigation.