The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 15 trucks load of 9,049 bags of foreign parboiled rice smuggled into the country from neighboring countries.
Speaking yesterday, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Compt. Mohammed Uba said aside from rice that were intercepted mostly from the creeks, waterside and various locations in the south western zone the unit also intercepted 15 exotic vehicles also smuggled into the country.
He said: “In order to ensure full implementation of the government policy banning the importation of rice through land borders and following headquarters directive on same we re-strategized our operational modalities and beam our searchlight at the Creek Water side and at various locations in southwest zone and hence the reason for the massive rice seizure within the period under review.
“We will continue to make sure smugglers within our areas of jurisdiction count their losses until they repent from sabotaging our economy. As you already know smuggling is a global phenomenon that cannot be eradicated entirely but if all hands are on deck it will be reduced to its barest minimum.”
Giving a detailed account of how the seizures were made, comptroller Uba said, “Having reinvigorated our anti-smuggling operations between 16th May to June 12, 2018, we have intercepted various contraband, goods and vehicles on detention with a duty paid Value (DPV) of N14 billion.
“Similarly, the unit through its interventions recovered Fifty Nine Million, Five Hundred and, Six Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Three Naira, Twenty Five lgobo (N59,506,773.25) from underpayments making a cumulative of One Billion, Four Hundred and Five Million, Seventy Nine Thousand, Eighty Six Naira only (N1,405,079,086) within the weeks under review. “
“The detained/seized items include: 15 vehicles including 3 Toyota C-HR (2018 models), 1 Toyota Camry. LE (2018), 1 Toyota i Prado (2018), 1 Toyota Hilux (2017), 1 Ford F150 (2017), 1 Pajero ‘. Jeep (2017), 1 Mercedes Benz (2017) among others.
Other 4 spectacular seizures uncle 9,049 bags of foreign parboiled rice (15 trailers), 1,464 cartons of frozen poultry products, 870 jerrycans of ‘ vegetable oil, 273 bales of used clothing, 592 pieces of used tyres, among others.”
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