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Customs arrest Kebbi man, seize N64.6m smuggled items

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The Nigerian Customs Service in Kebbi State has confirmed the arrest of a suspect, Yusuf Suleman, in connection with the importation of illicit drugs in the state.

The command also handed over 104 parcels of Indian hemp, 359 sacks of Diazepam and 70 packs of Tramadol seized in two separate operations to the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

 Speaking while handing over the seized items to the state Commandant of the NDLEA, the Customs Area Controller in the state, Dr Ben Oramalugo, said the briefing was focused on the anti-smuggling activities of the command in the last four weeks.

 He said on June 11, 2023, based on a tip-off from a well-meaning citizen about a vehicle conveying offensive goods, the officers of the command through a stop and search along Kamba-Kyanagakwai Road on a vehicle with chassis No: IHGRC3KEA246069, was intercepted with 104 parcels of cannabis sativa.

“We also retrieved 99 5mg diazepam tablets which were found concealed in the vehicle driven by one suspect, Sulaiman Yusuf. The suspect was arrested and will be prosecuted,” Oramalugo said.

 Similarly, the command patrol team made a seizure of 70 packs of Tramadol, and 260 diazepam tablets were also made on Monday, June 5, 2023, around Kamba/Rijiyar Maikafi bush.

 Other items seized within the period included 107 foreign parboiled rice, 38 bales of second-hand clothing, 1,275 litres of Petroleum Motor Spirits, 52 jerry cans of vegetable oil, one Honda Accord 2014 model and one used Opel vehicle, among others.

 The controller, however, confirmed the duty-paid value of the seized items stood at N64,613,594.

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