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Customs ZONE ‘B’ Intercepts Endangered Species Worth N3Billon, Arrests Four Suspects

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In a space of 30 days, the Federal Operation Unit Of Nigeria Customs Service( NCS), Zone B has of great importance intercepted an illegal products of donkey perpetrated by some unscrupulous elements with no regard for the lives and preservation of the species like the donkey which is near extinction.
Cablenews24 reports that yhe Customs Area Controller ( CAC) of the zone , Comptroller Ahmad Bello Shuaibu revealed this during a press briefing that was  organized at the zonal Headquarters in Kadina on the 21st Of May 2024 in the Command conference room.
The humane CAC couldn’t pretend but expressed how sad he was to announced that officers and men of the command had on two separate occasions, impounded consignments of donkey bones and donkey meat, respectively, with a combined Duty Paid Value (DPV) of about Three Billion Naira.
This Online News Medium understands that Comptroller Shuaibu noted that  On the 25fh of April 2024, operatives of the Unit acting on credible intelligence intercepted One (1) Truck with Registration Number GGE 526 XL along Sokoto/Gusau Road in Zamfara State conveying illicit goods which were brought to Kaduna for further examination.
He affirmed that careful examination the truck was discovered to be conveying 750 sacks of donkey bones. While the  estimated DPV value stands at Two Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N2, 363,500,000.00) only, and was able to arrest 1 suspect in connection to the seizure.
Again, he reported that on the 5th of May 2024 at about 0310hrs, the operatives of the Unit intercepted  yet Two (2) Canter Trucks carrying Dried Donkey Meat along Kontagora – Tegina Road in Niger State.
He said that after 100% physical examination the trucks were found to contain 860 sacks of Dried Donkey meat and that 3 suspects were also arrested in connection with the seizure.
He emphasized that the illegal trading clearly contravenes Section 55 (1) paragraph c and i (1) of the NCS Act 2023 which says that “Import and Exports shall where applicable be subject to prohibitions and restrictions relating to:
(c) The protection of the health and life of humans, animals, or plants;
(i) Controlled goods imported or exported in line with relevant International laws, conventions and agreements (1) relevant International laws, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
He explained that government is concerned that donkeys are part of rare animals that are being driven towards extinction by activities of unscrupulous elements, and Nigeria is signatory to the international convention for the continued prevention of endangering the species.
He reiterated that the Unit and indeed the NCS will not and cannot fold its hand and allow this illegal trade to continue to take place in Nigeria. Therefore advised them to put an end to their nefarious activities.
He is also concerned about the seizure of 58,740 sachets of tramadol and 48,000 ampules of Anelgin injection that was arrested by the operatives of the Unit on the 2nd of May 2024 at about 1130hrs along Saminaka/Nimbiya/Kafanchan axis of Kaduna state.
He described that  the illicit drugs were neatly concealed with motor spare parts but our eagle eye was able to catch up with them and DPV of the illicit drugs is One Hundred and Sixty-Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N167,500.00) only.
He further more listed other items intercepted by the Unit within the period under review as thus:
12 vehicles (means of conveyance)
174 Bags of Foreign Rice (50 kg each)
234 Jerry cans of PMS (25 litres each)
109 bales of second hand clothing
367 cartons of Spaghetti
50 cartons of Macaroni
47 Jerry cans of foreign vegetable oil
Other items arrested are:
6 sacks of used shoes
100 sacks of snuff
30 bags of foreign sugar (25kg each)
2,255 cartons of herbicide chemical
10 cartons of foreign couscous
235 Bags of Foreign flour (25kg each) and
Over 100 cartons of general goods.
He gave the total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items as Three Billion, One Hundred and Seventy-Five Million, Eighty Four Thousand Naira, Two Hundred and Seventeen Naira and Seventy-Five Kobo (N 3,175,084,217.75) only.
He attributed the success story as a demonstration of collective determination  from the officers and men with undivided attention without fear or favour and unwavering professionalism.
He warns that those who wish to try their resolve should have a rethink as they shall be unsparing in implementing the laws and policy directives of the Federal Government as directed by the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his management team.
On Anti-smuggling, he said that the initiative is fast growing beyond old traditional physical measures, he said that the NCS has sharpened its skill in intelligence gathering through improved information technology kits.
He intimated the general public about the situation of suspect arrested for impersonation in Sokoto, that the law has taken its course on him.
He sent words of appreciation to the leadership of the Sokoto/Zamfara Area Command of the Service and the Customs Police Unit for their continued efforts in assisting the Unit to take the Service to greater height, and he didn’t forget to appreciate the media also for theirdetermination in disseminating the anti-smuggling exploits of the Unit.
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