Customs nabs 13 trailer load of rice, cars worth over N1.2bn

Eagle eyed operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone A have apprehended 7,381 units of 50 kg, foreign parboiled rice (13 trailers), 17 imported vehicles, 593 jerry cans (14,825 litres) of premium motor spirit, 657 pieces of used tyres and 167 (202 kg), parcels of Indian hemp from smuggling gangs operating across the South-West states during the month of October.

Other seizures included 39 bales of second-hand clothing, 100 packs of tomato ketchup, units of used motorcycles, and 730 sacks of hide and skin hidden in a 1×40 container equivalent to 5,033 pieces, amongst others.

Speaking while displaying the confiscated items to journalists in Ikeja on Tuesday, Acting Customs Area Controller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu, explained the Unit is sustaining its resolve to protect Nigeria’s economy by uncompromisingly enforcing the anti-smuggling laws.

He said “This is just as intelligence reports gathered over the years indicated a higher degree of desperation by economic saboteurs to smuggle during the yuletide periods.

While noting this challenge, we have fully deployed the improved logistics supplied by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir A. Adeniyi, MFR, which provided support for our officers with strategic manpower placements to achieve our ongoing drive to suppress smuggling.”