Customs Zone B on the Heels of Suspect, intercepts 445.45kg of Pangolin Scales Worth N3.95bn

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Comptroller Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu, Controller Customs , Zone B.

 

 

By Shola Fadeyi

 

some of the Pangolin seizures  seizures made by the Customs , Zone B.

Less than two weeks when the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone B, of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) impounded uncustoms goods running into billions of naira in duty paid value (DPV) , the Unit , has again announced the interception of sacks of Pangolin Scales weighing 445.45kg,  and worth  N3,955,596,000.00 in DPV.

 

The Controller of the Zone, Comptroller Ahmadu  Bello  Shuaibu , who made the disclosure in a Statement, made available to Marine and Economy by the PRO of the Zone, Superintendent of Customs  Isa Suleiman, said the  consignment of Pangolin Scale and its derivatives, were seized  within Kebbi State  axis of the Zone, on May 24, 2024 .

 

Comptroller Shuaibu disclosed that between Mäy 21, 2024 when the Zone made spectacular seizures and now that it impounded  sacks of Pangolin Scales, its  operatives have upped-the-ante in the combat against smuggling of protected species, which made it possible for it to  intercept the  consignment .

 

Explaining the   process of the seizure, he said ,acting on actionable intelligence, the operatives stormed a hideout known as (slaughter house) in the suburbs of Zuru Town in Kebbi State on Friday, May 24, 2024 , discovered and evacuated sacks of the  pangolin scales , after careful examination and counting  transported  the items, to the HQ, of FOU Zone ‘B’ in Kaduna.

 

The Controller disclosed that one suspect was arrested in connection with the seizure, while the main suspect is currently at large. He however stated that the Unit in collaboration with other sister agencies will not rest on its oars, until the main suspect is arrested and brought to book.

 

Comptroller Shuaibu pointed out that the Pangolin scales  were seized because they contravened  Section 55 (1) paragraph C and I of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Act 2023.

 

He explained that the  success of the  operation lies in robust intelligence sharing between the NCS and Wild life Office, and the resilience by  operatives of the Unit ,to leverage and utilize  the coordinates given to them to make the arrest.

 

The Controller  said from empirical evidence, those involved in the illegal trafficking of endangered species are hiding under it to launder money used in procuring drugs, arms and other illegal merchandise.

 

Consequently, he called on the general public to continue to cooperate and stand with the NCS on its fight against smuggling, reiterating the need to synergize,   to salvage Nigeria  and  actualize the dream of  its  founding  fathers.

 

He promised that the Unit  shall continue to enforce the Federal Government’s policies in line with International best practices, no matter the campaign of calumny against the Service.