The Seme Border Area Command, of the Nigeria Customs Service on Monday celebrated its interception and seizure of 875 bags of foreign parboiled rice and other goods, valued at N40m, within only two weeks.
The Customs Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASC Nuruddeen Saidu, highlighted this in a statement on Monday, in Lagos, quoting the Customs Area 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 highly positive results.
According to the controller, the goods seized included 875 bags of 50kilogram bags of foreign parboiled rice, with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N15m, 12 Jerry cans of vegetable oil with DPV of N131,625; six bags of refined sugar with DPV of N147,640; 535 bales of used clothes with DPV of N17,259,769; and 20 parcels of cannabis sativa, with street value of N516,180.
Among items also seized are 269 baskets of fresh tomatoes, one 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 used shoes, belt and ladies bags, with DPV of N541,989, 57 pieces of textiles wrappers, with DPV of N367,778, 65 cartons of poultry products, with DPV of N948,333 and 137 Jerry cans of petrol with DPV of N287,700. 16 among other items.
Garba said that one of the vehicles used for conveying the contraband goods was a Toyota Hiace bus, worth N2,907,450, believed to be coming from Ghana.
“Upon careful examination at the baggage inward hall, it was discovered to contain five parcels of items suspected to be cannabis sativa, concealed in the bus.
“Consequently, the bus driver, bus boy and the cargo handler were all promptly arrested and detained.
“The command, in the spirit of inter-agency cooperation and synergy, handed over the said items and the suspects to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further prosecution,” he said.