Try Ogun 1 Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service seized over 7,000 bags of 50kg foreign rice, which is equivalent to 12 trailer loads, in April 2021.
While addressing newsmen at the command on Wednesday, the Controller, Peter Kolo, explained that during the period under review, other goods, including frozen poultry products, Cannabis Sativa, vehicles used as means of conveyance, used wears and tyres.
Petroleum Motor Spirit made for export was also seized.
According to him, the cumulative Duty Paid Value for all the seizures stood at N189,923,293.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria’s directive on border closure is still subsisting, as such there is no revenue generated from imports and exports activities.
“However, N225,000 was generated from the auction sale of seized petroleum products and scrap metals in the command,” he stated.
Kolo added that the command also intercepted a truck belonging to Dangote Cement laden with 600bags of foreign rice.
“During the March 2021 press briefing, you were told that some facilities of multi-national companies operating in Ogun State like Coca–Cola Company were being used to smuggle contraband goods into the country.
“Just a few days ago, another articulated truck bearing the inscription and logo of Dangote Cement Co Limited was intercepted along Ijoun border loaded with over 600 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice. Three people were arrested, including the driver of the vehicle, and investigation is going to unravel those behind this massive smuggling.”
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