The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A, Ikeja has intercepted 1,393 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice, 187 jerrycans and 66 drums of foreign vegetable oil, 625 Cartons of poultry products and 50 jerrycans of foreign vegetable oil from unapproved routes within Ogun State.
The items, with a duty paid value of N40,144,250.00, were seized by the Unit between 5th -17th February 2020 based on surveillance and routine patrol.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Unit, Mr. Jerry Attah, the rice, vegetable oil and poultry products were conveyed in 12 different motor vehicles and also concealed in gas cylinders.
‘’This desperate act by these dare devil smugglers concealing edible items in a gas cylinder further justifies the hard chase by operatives of Customs. (DPV Break down of the seized items: Rice N27,860,000.00, Veg. Oil N6,284,250.00 and frozen Poultry N6,000,000.00),’’ noted Attah.
The PRO attributed the seizures to the unrelenting efforts of the Acting Controller of the Unit, Deputy Comptroller Usman Yahaya, in curbing smuggling.
The Controller, as Attah noted, warned the economic saboteurs to repent from their unscrupulous activities or they continue to count losses and also advised legitimate traders to be compliant in their declarations as the Unit is ever ready to facilitate their trade accordance with the extant laws guiding import and export in the country.