NIGERIAN CUSTOMS SEIZE INDIAN HEMP WORTH N1Bn
The Nigerian Customs Service, Western Marine Command has seized Indian hemp worth N1bn in the first quarter of the year.
The command seized various contraband goods worth 1.06bn.
The Comptroller of the command, Olugboyega Peters reavealed this.
Peters said this Indian hemp was the highest value of goods seized by the command since it was created.
He added that the achievement of the command was an indication of an increase in anti-smuggling activities.
Within the period under review, a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Emmanuel Tangwa, stated that the anti-smuggling operations of the command yielded a total of 39 seizures as against 12 in the previous year.
It said the total duty paid value of the items seized amounted to N1.06bn as against a DPV of N36.42m recorded in Q1 2019.
The Comptroller, giving a breakdown of the seized goods said 1,816 bags of rice with a duty of N38.13m; 733 cartons of poultry products with a duty of N7.42m; 104 bales of second-hand clothing with a duty valued N4.39m and 665 bales of textile material with duty worth N2.09m, were confiscated.
Others are 112 litres of petroleum products with duty worth N112,000; 196 bags of Cannabis Sativa with duty valued at N1bn; 25 bales of second-hand shoe/belt worth N8.02m; and 25 cartons of chewing gum with duty worth N1.2m.