Adamawa: Customs seizes 494 bags of fertiliser

The Adamawa-Taraba Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has seized 494 bags of dry blended NPK fertiliser in Adamawa and Taraba states.

This was disclosed on Friday by the command’s area comptroller, Salisu Abdullahi, who briefed newsmen at NCS headquarters in Yola.

According to him, the items, seized between May 1 and June 15, also included two Toyota Starlet cars.

He listed other items seized within the time frame as 14,980 litres of petrol packed in drums and jerry cans, 90 bags of foreign parboiled rice, and 960 pieces of foreign soap intercepted at the Cameroon-Nigeria border.

The assorted contraband was valued at N22.8 million.

Abdullahi further explained that the seized fertiliser was predicated on the restriction of the movement of the product, according to Section 10 of the National Fertiliser Quality (Control) Act 2019, which restricts the movement of fertiliser across the North-East states after it was discovered that insurgents were using components of the product to manufacture explosives.

The seized petrol, due to its inflammable nature and in line with Standard Operating Procedure, was instantly auctioned, the customs controller said.