The Nigeria Customs Service has indicated readiness to discourage smuggling of rice and other contraband, ahead of the yuletide season Ogun State.
The agency says it is mindful that December is a peak period for criminals, smuggling rice and other contrabands from Benin Republic into the country, through Ogun State’s border communities.
Comptroller of the state command one of the customs service, Idi-Iroko, Dera Nnamdi at a press briefing, said the command expects a sharp increase in the activities of smugglers during this festive period.
The comptroller, however, said the ten vehicles recently allocated to the command will enable it to increase its patrol before the festive period.
According to him, the command since the last October 18, when he resumed duty in the state, had intercepted 7,311 bags of 50 kilogrammes of smuggled parboiled Rice, equivalent to 12 trailer loads in the state.
Nnamdi also said the command seized 12 kegs of 25 litres of vegetable oil, 20 units of used vehicles, two units of used motorcycle, four bales of 25 kilogrammes of used clothing’s, 26 sacks of used shoes and 124 sacks of book-size and 165 wraps of coconut size of Cannabis Sativa weighing 637 kilogrammes during the period.
He added that two bundles and four pieces rims of used tyres, 831 kegs of 25 litres of petroleum product, 810 cartons of frozen poultry product, and four sacks of used toys were also seized by customs officers.
The customs comptroller puts the total revenue generated by the command as N2.43 million..
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