The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 Area Command, said it made seizures from anti-smuggling operations between May and June 2022 totaling over 14 trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice, Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), and other prohibited items, with an estimated Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,290,108,608.00.
The Command intercepted a total of 8,417 bags of foreign parboiled rice which is an equivalent of 14 trailer loads with an estimated DPV of N131,145,277 during the period under review. On one occasion, two trucks laden with 882 bags/50kg rice was seized along Abeokuta axis of the state, in line with Sections 46 and 169 of the Customs and Excise Management Act CEMA, Cap C45 L.F.N. 2004
At a news conference in Idoroko, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Bamidele Abiodun Makinde, stated that the Federal Government’s rice agricultural policy would have been compromised if such a huge quantity had made it into the Nigerian markets.
According to Compt. Makinde, a smuggled truck load of about 320 cartons (23,400 pairs) of imported foot wears, which falls under Import Prohibition List, Schedule 3 of Common External Tariff (CET) valued at N764,974,800.00 was also seized.
“Along the Sagamu/Ijebu Ode Expressway in Ogun State, a fuel tanker believed to contain 45,000 liters of adulterated diesel with an estimated value of N81,823,200 was abandoned by a suspected bunkerer who fled after spotting agents. This tanker was also seized, along with about 10,973 liters of PMS (petrol), which was also seized and disposed of in accordance with the law”
Speaking on revenue, the CAC disclosed that the command made N12,818,181.00 from importation and auction sales of PMS popularly known as petrol, intercepted at different locations and exit points to Republic of Benin during anti-smuggling operations.
Makinde noted that as part of the Command’s synergy and collaboration with sister security agencies in the State, its operatives in the course of their routine patrol duties intercepted illicit drugs and narcotics, namely 117 small sacks, 6 big sacks, 1,100 wraps (book size), 81 wraps (coconut size) of Cannabis Sativa and 1 carton containing 1,100 packets of Tamol (225mg per tablet x 10), 300 packets of Tramol (100mg per tablet x 10) and 168 packets of CocodomolCodein (500mg per tablet x 8) with an estimated Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N221, 820,820.00.
“Some other seized items include: 390 cartons of frozen poultry products; 19 Bales and 104 sacks of foreign used clothes; 120 cartons of new foot wears (including 23 pairs of new slippers) and 53 cartons of foreign used shoes; 122 cartons of foreign wine; 72 pieces of used compressor; 10 units of vehicle and four units of motorcycle used as means of conveyance; two units of foreign used vehicle (Tokunbo); 289 cartons of imported tomato paste and vehicle spare parts.”
“At this point, it should be reiterated that the Command’s intelligence network is always being strengthened for better and more effective operation. We use intelligence in almost all of our activities in the region, and daily, we’re seeing more accomplishments,” he said.
However, he issued a warning to smugglers and other criminal groups in the state, assuring them that their mischief/nefarious acts will be discovered.