The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme command has arrested 15 suspects in connection with smuggled goods intercepted by officials of the command worth over N788 million.
According to the command, the items intercepted included 7,667 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice, three 50kg bags of sugar, 1,080,875 liters of petrol, 127 units of smuggled vehicles, 1,514 cartons of frozen poultry products, 646 packets of hard drugs, 166 parcels of Cannabis Sativa and 31,868 general merchandise goods.
The spokesman of the agency, Hussain Abdullahi reportedly said that the landmark achievements can be attributed to the deliberate policies adopted by the Command, ably supported by the management of the Service under the stewardship of Col. Hameed Ali rtd, appreciable cooperation by sister security agencies and unwavering synergy with the host communities.
Abdullahi reportedly said that some of the suspects were released on administrative bail while others were being tried in the courts.
In another development, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) reportedly said that the agency has intercepted at least 200 containers of fake and substandard pharmaceuticals that were intended to be cleared at the ports and borders.
The giant success was a result of the revitalization of the Clean Report of Inspection and Analysis (CRIA) scheme which was set up to establish the quality and safety of regulated products before they are shipped from China and India to Nigeria.
The scheme also prevented the export of over 40 pharmaceutical and food products that failed laboratory analysis into Nigeria.