Lagos - Zakka Audu, the Area Comptroller of Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service, on Monday said that the command impounded goods worth N13.7 million between November 1 and 25, 2013.
Audu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the seized goods included 1 605 cartons of frozen foods, 255 bags of rice and 30 kegs of cooking oil.
He said that the goods had been destroyed through burning, adding that officials of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) witnessed the destruction.
Audu attributed the success of the command’s operations during the period to reliable information received from the customs intelligence unit and ability of officers in utilising the reports.
He disclosed that the command carried out more operations at the Badagry-Seme area to stem smuggling activities in the area.
“As the year is gradually going to an end, the command is doubling its surveillance and patrol efforts.
“It is important that we keep the creeks around the area safe by battling smuggling activities,” he said.
Audu said that the command would continually review its strategies against smuggling to ensure that it stayed abreast of happenings in the area.
“We just have to keep reviewing the strategies by which we work and we are able to do this based on what our intelligence unit is doing,” he said.