“Our operatives intercepted the vehicle along one of the smugglers routes around Ifo forest.”The smugglers abandoned it when they sighted our operatives and fled into the bush”, he stated
The customs boss said apart from the 13 impounded vehicles, other seizures made from smugglers within the period were 1,168 bags of 50kg foreign rice, 221 kegs of vegetable oil, five sacks of second hand shoes, and two sacks of second hand bags.
Similarly, he disclosed that 12 additional vehicles and 21 motorcycles used as means of conveyance of the bags of rice were also seized, adding that all the seizures had a duty payable value of N153.86m.
Madugu while speaking on the customs official, who was matcheted by smugglers last week, declared that the development would not discourage the command in fighting smugglers, adding that the victim was responding to treatment in hospital.
“We will continue to make the seizures. And let me warn the smugglers that we will not fold our arms while the smugglers kill or main our operatives. I want to appeal to traditional rulers and other well-meaning elders in the state to talk to those involved in smuggling to look for other legitimate means of livelihood. “