Smugglers buried spikes to deflate Customs patrol vehicles in Ogun

The Nigeria Customs Service says smugglers in Ogun state are now burying spikes along illegal routes through which they smuggle goods into the country.

 The State Area Comptroller, Waindu Multafu who made this known while briefing newsmen at the command border post in Idiroko, said the spikes were designed to demobilize vehicles of custom patrol team on their trail.

Multafu who named the flash point of smuggling activities in the state as Ilase, Ohunbo, Oke-odan and Ajilete, said customs service should not be held responsible for killings during confrontations with smugglers, as smugglers who usually carry fire arms and ammunitions always start the face-off.

Despite the smugglers attacks, the comptroller said his men recorded appreciable success in their operation against smugglers, generating  N4.08 billion between January and June this year,  against N3.4 billion within the same period last year.

Multafu said the command made 411 seizures with duty paid value of 484.1 million naira within the period under review as against 515 seizures with duty paid value of 445.3 million naira same period in 2015.

He listed the seized items as 13,323 bags of rice, 206 vehicles, 380 motorcycles, 7,743 cartons of frozen poultry products, 401 kegs of vegetable oil, 71 sacs and 108 wraps of Indian hemp.

Others include 240 kegs of petrol, 17 bales and 38 sacks of second hand clothings, 1,812 pieces of unprocessed wood and 996 pieces of used tyres.



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