Yuletide: Customs impound 13,300 smuggled rice, 64 units of vehicles worth N1.6bn

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Oluyinka Onigbinde

Even as the festive season draw closer the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) FOU zone A has intensify operational modalities to meet up with the current smuggling tactics of smugglers

Addressing journalist in Lagos on Wednesday, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Compt. Muhammed Uba Garba said the command has intercepted 22 truckloads of foreign parboiled rice and 64 units of vehicles worth N1.6bn smuggled into the country from neighboring countries in the last one month

Garba disclosed that the bags of rice have a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N164million while the vehicles have a Duty paid value of N1.3billion.

In his words “After intensifying our operational modalities to meet up with the current smuggling tactics most especially as the Yuletide draws closer, we have intercepted various contraband with a (DPV) of over N1.6billion.

”The seized items include 64 assorted vehicles (mostly brand new), 13,333 bags of foreign parboiled rice (that’s like 22 trailers), 1,390 cartons of frozen poultry products, 835 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 15 parcels of Indian hemp, 1,101 pieces of used tyres, 205 bales of used clothing among others”

Garba reinstated   that the service would enforce federal government policy on importation of vehicles and rice encourage local production.

”We need to support the federal government policy on rice, encourage local rice farmers, the millers and patronise our nutritional rice,” Uba Garba stated.

He informed that the 57 vehicles smuggled into the country were evacuated based on intelligence along Omole Estate, Ojodu and Olayiwola close lekki phase onewhile seven was intercepted along ijebu ode express way

”Among the detained vehicles included three Lexus jeeps (bullet proof), one Toyota Land cruiser (bullet proof), Nine Toyota Hilux, eight Toyota Hiace Bus, 26 Toyota Corolla, Nine Land Cruiser Jeep, Five Toyota Camry, One Land Rover, and One Nissan Sentara, all 2017 model. Also, One Sienna 2015 model and One Lexus RX 350 were also seized. These 64 assorted vehicles alone have a DPV of N1.3bn.

”While 57 vehicles were evacuated based on Intelligence report along Omole estate, Ojodu and Olayiwole close Lekki Phase One, the remaining seven were intercepted while on information patrol along Ijebu-Ode expressway.” He said.

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