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Customs Intercept N572.1m Contraband

The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service intercepted a total of 4, 911 bags of 50kg parboiled rice, 15, 048 cartons of imported frozen products, 1, 884 kegs of vegetable oil, 17 trucks of unprocessed teak woods

The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized goods, not including the teak wood is estimated at over N572. 1m. The Customs command also intercepted three brand new Toyota Prado jeeps, whose status could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.

Umar Mohammed Dahiru, the Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’, disclosed this during an ‘on the spot assessment’ of the latest remarkable seizures recorded by the Unit.

The Controller stated that the latest onslaught came against the backdrop of the recent directive on the ban of Rice importation through the land borders by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Management.

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The Controller stated that the seizures, especially the frozen poultry products were remarkable given the manner in which they were concealed.

He confirmed that at other instances, cooling vans were used in concealing the products with the same criminal intent. On the issue of Rice, the Controller clarified that importation of Rice is only restricted for now through the Seaports as against the border stations and warned Rice importers to adhere very strictly with the latest policy or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

On the recent visit of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) with some members of his Management to Zone ‘A’ recently, he stated that it was aimed at strengthening operational ties with the critical stakeholders as well as to brainstorm on areas of hiccups with a view to ensuring seamless collaborations that will enhance the Revenue generation capacity of the Nigeria Customs.

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In his words “the Comptroller-General of Customs and his Management are working tirelessly despite the present harsh economic challenges to re-position the Service for greater efficiency and functionality”.

He commended the CGC and his Management for providing logistic support to the Unit and promised that everything humanly possible will be done to ensure practical decimation and degradation of smugglers in the South West and by extension the entire Nation.