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Customs intercepts Police van with smuggled rice in Ogun

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 Area Command, has seized a police van with smuggled bags of foreign parboiled rice.

The Controller, Bamidele Makinde, disclosed this on Tuesday, while addressing journalists in Abeokuta.

Although, the driver fled immediately he sighted the customs officer, the Hilux van with police spy number plate, PF 10889 SPY, carrying a total of 27 (50kg) bags of rice was confiscated.

Responding to questions on whether the van would be released to the police or not, Makinde said the development would be communicated to the NCS, headquarters in Abuja for necessary actions.

He added that the command had been able to impound “5,420 bags of rice, 133 sacks and 181 wraps (book size) of Cannabis Sativa; 18 units of vehicles; 13 kegs of vegetable oil; 8 bales of 19 small ‘Ghana-must-go bags’ and two sacks of second-hand clothes, 25 sacks and 4 bags of used shoes; 880 cartons of frozen poultry products and 26,725 litres of PMS.” .” between February 9 and March 21. 

Makinde told reporters that the total duty paid value of the seized goods was N143,905,508.

He urged parents and guardians residing in border communities to prevail on their wards and youths to desist from criminal activities such as smuggling, attack on security operatives as well as government assets and infrastructure.

Source:rootstv