Nigeria Customs Service FOU ‘A’ intercepts 13 trailers of Foreign Parboiled Rice, 17 smuggled vehicles, others in October.
Customs FOU ‘A’ said that the intercepted goods has a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1.241 billion (N1,241,777,700).
Unit vows to make the remaining part of the year more challenging for smugglers in the interest of the Country.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ said it intercepted goods, including 13 trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice and 17 smuggled vehicles, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,241,777,700 (N1.241 billion) in October.
The unit also disclosed that nine (9) suspects were arrested during the anti-smuggling operations as some of them are currently undergoing prosecution in different states of the zone.
The Acting Comptroller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu, disclosed this during a Press Briefing at the Unit’s Headquarters in Lagos on Tuesday 7 November 2023, where the seized items were showcased to the press.
During a Press Briefing, Ejibunu explained that the 17 vehicles were seized from smugglers who wanted to circumvent the law. He stressed that the unit under his watch will make the remaining part of the year more challenging for smugglers in the interest of the Country.
He said :
“We are ready to intercept them, frustrate their antics of concealment, illegal route passage, false and under declaration.
“Other seizures for the month under review include 14,825 litres of PMS, 657 pieces of used tyres, 202kg of Cannabis Sativa, 39 bales of second-hand clothing, 100 packs of tomato ketchup, 4 units of used motorcycles, 100 cartons of used soaps, and 730 sacks of hides & skin.”
The Acting Comptroller of the Unit appealed to well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians to continue to support the unit with credible information that will assist in battling economic sabotage.