Yola - Eastern Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted smuggled items worth over N35 million within the past one month.
The new Comptroller in-charge of the command, Malam Buba Ibrahim, said this on Wednesday in an interview with newsmen in Yola.
Ibrahim was in Yola on a familiarisation tour of states under the eastern marine command.
He said the items were intercepted within the past one month of his assumption of office and they include rice, used tyres and second-hand clothes.
He said the main challenge facing the marine command of the customs service was insufficient patrol boats, particularly in the high seas.
"Many of our boats cannot go to the high seas, making our job in the sea difficult," Ibrahim said.
He, however, lauded the efforts of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Alhaji Dikko Inde, for steps taken so far to make the command more effective.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during his visit to Adamawa, Ibrahim addressed the command's officers at their location at the bank of River Benue in Yola.
He urged the officers to consider the marine unit as a unique place where they needed to work hard to distinguish themselves.