The Customs Service, Seme Border Region Command, says it has intercepted 875 bags of foreign parboiled rice and other goods, valued at N40m, in two weeks.
ASC Nuruddeen Saidu, the Customs Public Relations Officer, Seme, Region Command, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, in Lagos.
The statement quoted that the Customs Region Controller of the Command, Comptroller Mohammed Garba, as saying that the efforts of the enforcement unit of the Command, with regard to suppression of smuggling, was yielding outstanding outcomes.
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According to the controller, the goods seized include things like 875 bags of 50kilogram bags of foreign parboiled rice, with Duty Paid Worth (DPV) of N15m, 12 Jerry cans of vegetable oil with DPV of N131,625.
They also include things like six bags of refined sugar with DPV of N147,640, 535 bales of utilized garments with DPV of N17,259,769 and 20 parcels of cannabis sativa, with street worth of N516,180.
Amongst things also seized are 269 baskets of fresh tomatoes, one particular basket of fresh pepper, 7 sacks of cucumber and pineapples and 16 baskets of fresh okro, with DPV of N367,471.
He also listed 16 sacks of utilized footwear, belt and ladies bags, with DPV of N541,989, 57 pieces of textiles wrappers, with DPV of N367,778, 65 cartons of poultry solutions, with DPV of N948,333 and 137 Jerry cans of petrol with DPV of N287,700. 16 amongst other things.
Garba mentioned that one particular of the autos utilized for conveying the contraband goods was a Toyota Hiace bus, worth N2,907,450, believed to be coming from Ghana.
“Upon cautious examination at the baggage inward hall, it was found to include 5 parcels of things suspected to be cannabis sativa, concealed in the bus.
“Consequently, the bus driver, bus boy and the cargo handler, had been all promptly arrested and detained.
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“The command, in the spirit of inter-agency cooperation and synergy, handed more than the mentioned things and the suspects to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for additional prosecution,” he mentioned.
Garba promised that the Nigeria Customs Service would continue to complement the efforts of the NDLEA in its fight to rid the nation of illicit substances.
He reiterated the command’s commitment to the strict implementation of the federal government’s fiscal policies and the extant laws that govern the day to day operation of the service at the international corridor. (NAN)