DC Kirawa, Controller, Katsina Command of Customs
The Customs Area Controller, of the Katsina Command of the Nigeian Customs Service(NCS) ,Deputy Comptroller Abdullahi Kirawa, has appealed to all the stakeholders in the economy of the State, to continue to avail the Service with credible information, to assist it, in its anti- smuggling war.
He made the plea while exhibiting some spectacular seizures, made by the Command recently, lauding the synergy and collaboration between the customs and security agencies, in addition to the cooperation of the different layers of defense built by the agency against smuggling activities.
Reacting to the high of seizures of second hand clothes and shoes impounded by the Command, he said that suspected smugglers were desperate to bring in the clothes in view of the fast approaching harmattan period, attributing the feat to new credible intelligence at the disposal of his operatives
No fewer than nine persons were arrested while the Command intercepted eight second hand cars, apart from the vehicles used in conveying contrabands, with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of about N62 million.
Other seizures, according to him, included 1,365 bags of foreign rice, 295 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 295 bales of second hand clothing, 25 bales of new textile materials, 53 bags of sugar and 14 cartons of Tiger head batteries.
Kirawa equally noted that a tanker conveying 33,000 litres of PMS at a village in Katsina, just about 13km to Nigeria -Niger Republic borders and the driver of the truck, meant for a filing station in Jigawa State were arrested by the customs, adding that the offence is a clear case of diversion and violation of the ban on sale of petrol within 20 km to the nation’s border.