The Oyo /Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said it has intercepted some contraband goods worth N55. 661 million in less than two months.
The items include 14 used vehicles with assorted contraband goods with a total duty paid value (DPV) of N25.704 million, while the duty paid value for the 1, 440 bags of rice is N19,380. million.
The Customs Area Comptroller, David. Chikan, while briefing newsmen on Wednesday, said that the vehicles were used to conceal the contraband items which included second-hand clothings, foreign rice, used tyres and other banned items.
He said the seizures were made between October 4th till date, adding that most of the seizure were effected along Oyo/Ibadan road while the used vehicles were effected mainly on the Saki axis in Oke-Ogun through a synergy between the Headquarters Compliance Team and Customs Intelligence Unit.
According to the customs boss, three suspects were arrested in connection with the various seizures, adding that the suspects are currently under investigations.
The Comptroller said that the duty paid value of the 800 pieces of used tyres is N6.661 million while the DPV for second -hand clothings is N4.63 million.
He said, “The overall duty paid value of all the arrested items is N55.661 million.
“In keeping faith with this noble promise, the Oyo/Osun Area Command had initiated new anti-smuggling strategies which led to remarkable exploits as evidenced in the arrest made.
“The sized vehicles were used to conceal prohibited items notable second hand clothing, foreign rice and other contraband goods. However, three suspects were arrested and under investigation.
“Let me use this forum to reiterate the commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service, to go the extra miles in botching the unholy strategies of smugglers”
“Smugglers has nothing else but to cause havoc to the national economy”
“In the same vein, genuine and compliant traders will be given all the cooperation and support that they may need” he said.