Enugu - The Zone C of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has confiscated bales of second-hand clothing materials and vehicles worth N36.2 million.
The Area Controller of the zone, Victor Dimka, announced the seizures in Enugu on Monday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the zone.
Dimka said that a total of 292 bales of second-hand clothes and three vehicles were seized in an operation by the FOU officers on Enugu-Aba highway between February 4 and February 9.
He said that 253 bales of the clothing worth N25.9 million were concealed in 45 cartons of a popular noodles and stacked in a Mack truck with registration number BDG 809 XY.
He said that 24 bales of the materials valued at N4.80 million were found in a J5 bus with registration number XA 606 KAF while another 15 “jumbo” bales worth N1.53 million were impounded in a Toyota Hiace bus.
Dimka said that two men suspected to be involved with the smuggling of the seized items had been arrested and regretted that smugglers had sustained their nefarious activities in spite of efforts of the service to check the menace.
He said the suspects were helping the command in its investigation and would soon be charged to court.
He reiterated the determination of the service to tackle smuggling in the country, saying that it had been transformed and was better equipped for its assignment.
He appealed for the cooperation of members of the public, especially in giving useful information that could lead to the arrest of smugglers.
Dimka advised smugglers to desist from the “business” or be prepared to face the consequences of their action, saying that the command would stop at nothing to ensure that smugglers were brought to book.
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