Nigeria Customs Seizes N22 Million Worth of Drugs and Contraband Goods in Kebbi State

BIRNIN KEBBI, August 2, 2023 – The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kebbi Command, has announced the successful seizure of contraband goods and illegal substances valued at N22 million. The seizure took place at the Kamba border in Kebbi State, marking a significant move in the agency’s ongoing efforts to curb smuggling activities.

Among the confiscated items were 138 packs of tramadol, an illicit substance, with an estimated worth of N22 million. Additionally, the operation yielded the seizure of 81 table-sized cannabis Sativa packages and a Toyota Camry vehicle that was being used to transport the illegal drugs.

Speaking at a press briefing held at the NCS headquarters in Birnin Kebbi, Dr. Ben Oramalugo, the Comptroller of Customs for the Kebbi Command, detailed the operation and the diverse range of contraband goods seized. Alongside the drug-related items, the operation yielded the confiscation of 46 bags of foreign parboiled rice, totaling 50kg each, 40 bags of 25kg, 88 bales of second-hand clothing, and significant quantities of petroleum products – 4,200 liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and 525 liters of diesel.

During the press briefing, the seized drugs were handed over to the State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Usman Suleiman. Suleiman emphasized that the successful interception was the result of the consistent collaboration between his agency and relevant units of the Nigeria Customs Service, as well as other security agencies stationed at border points within Kebbi State.

Despite external challenges such as the coup d’état in neighboring Niger Republic and subsequent border closures, which have impacted revenue generation efforts, the Kebbi Command of the NCS managed to generate a revenue of N99,282,547 in the month of July alone.

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The total duty paid value of the seized items, as assessed by customs authorities, was reported to be N51,499,314. This significant operation underlines the commitment of Nigeria’s security agencies to safeguarding national borders and combating illegal activities that undermine public safety and economic stability.

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