The Seme Border command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday said it intercepted 11 trucks load of rice containing 6,753 bags with 45 kegs of foreign groundnut oil smuggled into the country from Benin Republic.
According to the Customs area controller of the command, Compt. Mohammed Uba Garba, they also intercepted 22 fairly used vehicles smuggled from Benin Republic.
“Twenty two fairly used vehicles and six means of conveyance have also been seized. Notable amongst them are Toyota Coaster Van (2014 model), Toyota Land cruiser Prado (2011).
“Others are, Mercedes Benz GLK 350 (2010), Toyota Sienna (2013), Toyota 4Runner (2014) and a host of others. The combined duty paid value (DPV) for the vehicles stands at N177,314,091 and the he Grand Total for both seizures and revenue is N1,055,122,539.68,”he said.
He however said the total duty paid value of the seized rice was N158 million, while 45 kegs of vegetable oil worth N573 million were seized.
The CAC also disclosed that the command seized 91 parcels of hard drugs which has been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He stated that the command’s revenue for 2019 would be surpassed with the inauguration of a Joint Border Post.