Seme Customs Command hands over rice, other items to IDP camps

File copy: Seized smuggled rice

By Admin on May 14, 2018

The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command in compliance with the presidential directive of releasing seized goods to the Internally Displaced People (IDP) Camps have successfully handed over to the Nigeria Army, a total of twelve thousand and fifty one (12,051) bags of 50kg seized rice and other relief material for onward delivery to the IDP camps in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

The relief materials included 1,025 Jericans x 25 litters of Vegetable Oil, 75 bales of used cloths, 22 sacks of used cloths, 67 sacks of used shoes, 3 sacks of used ladies handbags, 51 cartons of soap 51 cartons, 4,500 cartons of Tin Tomatoes and 500 Bags.
It would be recalled that the Seme area command of the Nigeria Customs Service has consistently been releasing the seized goods it has confiscated from smugglers through the neighbouring country to the IDP camps.
The series of handing over and evacuation of seized rice that has taken place from the Seme warehouse ranges from 10,000x50kg, 6,000x50kg and now over 12,000x50kg bags of smuggled and seized rice through the corridor.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Aliyu disclosed that the Comptroller General of Customs had approved the release of the seized and condemned relief materials in compliance to the presidential directive thereby directing the Area command to do same to the Nigeria Army.
The comptroller stated that the gesture will go a long way to ameliorate the suffering of the displaced persons and also support the current operations against Boko Haram terrorist in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
The CAC restated that the border command would continue to enforced the federal government policies on all restricted and prohibited items through the land border, noting that “we cannot shy away from our responsibility of aggressive anti-smuggling operations through the busiest corridor, if the smugglers will not stop perpetrating their illicit acts of being saboteurs to the efforts of the federal government in revamping the economy”.
The above items condemned as required by law were handed over to the Nigeria Army through Lieutenant M. Musa (N/16098) on the 7th May, 2018.