Nigeria: Seven illegal goods worth N1.3 billion are seized by customs

Nigeria: Seven illegal goods worth N1.3 billion are seized by customs

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

On Tuesday, the Ogun 1 Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service seized 392 items, including five exotic luxury buses that had been smuggled into the country through the Ohumbe land border between January and June 2023. The bags contained 50 kilograms of foreign parboiled rice.

While speaking to the media about the command’s scorecard for 2023 after six months, Customs Area Controller Bamidele Makinde stated that 392 seizures were made, with a total Duty Paid Value of N1,313,628,488.

He went on to say that seven people who were thought to be smugglers were detained for smuggling activities in the months under review.

“The 22,526 bags of foreign parboiled rice were intercepted in Ipokia, Ilara, and Imeko, as well as other border areas in the state,” Makinde stated. We seized a total of 392 items during the time under review, including 5,048 pieces of used tires; 390 used clothing bales; 61 vehicles, including five high-end buses; 173,975 gallons of gasoline, or five tanker loads; 107 sacks and 1,595 wraps of weed sativa; 167 boxes of 100ml codeine syrup and 27 boxes of 200ml codeine syrup.

“The order produced the amount of N93,301,130 from import obligations; Premium Motor Spirit sold at auction, and smugglers seized scrap cars. A near examination of the order’s presentation during the period under survey and the relating time of 2022, demonstrates a huge expansion in income

“We stay unflinching in our battle against carrying of rice and other precluded things to empower nearby creation in accordance with the National Administration of Nigeria strategy on neighborhood creation.”

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