The Federation Operation Units (FOU) Zone ‘B’ of the Nigerian Customs Service said, at various intervals and locations within the Zone it has intercepted a total of 161 seizures of various contraband goods including 72 Packs of Indian hemp with the total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N351.5 million.
Addressing a press conference in their headquarters in Kaduna, the Comptroller of the FOU Albashir Hamisu said other items siezed includw 2114x50Kg Bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice, 126 Bales & Sacks of Foreign Second Hand Clothings, 72 Sacks of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana)65 x 25Kg Bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice, 818 Cartons of Foreign Spaghetti, Macaroni & Couscous, 8 Units of means of conveyance (Vehicles) and 102 Cartons of Foreign Carotone Body Cream.
Others are 102 Cartons of Foreign Eva Soap, 69 x 5Litres of Foreign Vegetable Oil, 30 x 25Litres of Foreign Vegetable Oil, 4 Sacks of Foreign Second Hand Shoes, 3 Sacks of Foreign Tomato Paste, 13 Sacks of Foreign Hides and Skin (Ponmo) and 113 Bundles of Foreign Textiles.
The rest siezures are 10 Cartons of Foreign Flavoured Chewing Gum, 7 x 25Kg Bags of Foreign Flour, 55 Pieces of Foreign Used Tyres. 438 x 25litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), and 87 x 50Kg Bags of Foreign Fertilizer (N.P.K 15-15-15).
According to the comptroller, the spectacular Seizure of 72 Sacks of Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) brought to the fore another tricks by smugglers and means of concealment in which the smuggler concealed the Marijuana inside sacks of Cassava Flour (popularly known as Garri), adding that the Operatives of the Unit with the aid of informant intercepted the Marijuana along Sokoto-Zamfara axis and brought it to the Office.
The Marijuana was handed over to the Commandant National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Kaduna State Command in the spirit of Inter-agency collaboration for further investigation.