Customs Arrest Suspected Police Officer For Smuggling In Katsina, Intercept Items Worth N42.7m

Daily Post repports that a suspected police officer has been arrested for smuggling activities by customs operatives in Katsina State.

The alleged police officer identified as Sirajo Jelani Abdulkadiri was arrested along Katsina-Kano road while riding in a used Toyota Sienna wagon with the inscription “Federal Joint Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement Against Multiple Taxes and Levies along Nigerian Highway Kaduna State Command.”

The Customs Comptroller in the state, Dalha Wada Chedi, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing journalists on the achievement of the command for the month of February and March 2022.

Other items found in the vehicle with registration number “LSD 315 FD” includes 25 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, of 50kg each, one carton of foreign spaghetti and a carton of foreign macaroni.

Also, four different means of Identification including a Police ID Card, a Citizen for Peace & First Aid Mission of Nigeria ID card, Nigeria Association of Agric Produce Dealers (NAAPD) ID card, and that of IMAN Federal Representative of Nigeria Taskforce, Kaduna State were found on the suspect who claim to be a police officer.

Also found on the suspect are a Nigeria Police ballistic jacket, a hand cuff, an Assistant Superintendent of Police rank badge and a can suspect to be tear-gas.

According to Chedi the suspect and the exhibit found on him excluding the food items and the vehicle have been transfered to the Katsina State Police Command for further investigation.

Speaking on the achievement of the command for the month of February and March 2022, Chedi said customs operatives in the state succeeded in seizing items comprising of vehicles, food items, second hand clothing’s worth over N42.7 million.

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