The Nigerian Customs Service, Niger/Kogi Command impounded contraband goods with a Duty Paid Value of N143,405,200 in 3rd Quarter of 2019.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Yusuf Abba Kassim highlighted this, providing a breakdown of the command’s Anti-smuggling activities which included seizures of one DAF Diesel tanker (6tyres) with registration number; RBC-05-ZS suspected to be concealing imported foreign rice which is yet to be examined,
*One DAF truck (10 tyres) with registration number, MNA 893 XV loaded with 950bags of 50kg imported rice.
*Nine bales of unused clothing (second hand); four Toyota Corolla conveying cumulatively, a total of 135 bags of 50kg imported rice; 397 bags of 50kg imported rice hidden within the forest by smugglers; two Toyota Rav4; four Toyota Corolla; One Peugeot 207; and One Mazda Premacy.
He said it was worrisome to note that some Nigerians remain unrepentant even as they continue to lose.
He grieved that the Federal Government’s visible efforts towards transforming the agricultural sector, especially in the area of rice production was yet to be truly appreciated; and expressed concern with the increasing prevailing influx of expired imported rice with its hazardous health implications.
Expatiating further, Yusuf Abba Kassim said the Command impounded 1185 bags of rice with a DPV of N62,159,700; the 29 used vehicles come with DPV of N32,333,500 and the 1018 bales of second hand clothing come with a duty paid value of N48,912,000.
“The arrest of a diesel tanker meant for conveying diesel now used in concealing smuggled imported foreign rice should send a serious signal to these recalcitrant saboteur of the Nigerian economy, that there is no hiding place. We are determined to beat all their concealment patterns with our superior intelligence network”, the CAC concluded.