Nigeria Customs Personnel Seize Dangote's Truck with Smuggled Foreign Rice

Contraband: Customs intercepts Dangote’s truck with 600 bags of foreign rice

*Nigeria Customs Service says it has confiscated a vehicle loaded with 600 bags of 50kg smuggled foreign parboiled rice belonging to Dangote Cement Company, adding the cumulative Duty Paid Value for seizures April 2021 amounted to N189, 923,293

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

As part of its sustained offensive against smugglers and their promoters in the country, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has seized a vehicle loaded with 600 bags of 50kg smuggled foreign parboiled rice belonging to Dangote Cement Company.

Peter Kolo, Customs Area Controller, who stated this at a media briefing Wednesday, May 19 disclosed that three suspects, including the truck driver, had been arrested.

The Customs Area Controller as well confirmed that the bags of rice were being conveyed to the eastern part of the country.

According to the Command, the truck was intercepted in the Ijoun border area of Ogun State of Nigeria.

Mr. Kolo noted that investigation was ongoing to unmask the persons behind the massive smuggling activity.

A recent report said that the Command intercepted a truck belonging to the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) used to smuggle contraband goods into the country March 2021.

“On the seizure of contraband goods made by the command in the month of April, 7,000 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice or equivalent of 12 trailer loads were seized.

“500 book sizes of cannabis, popularly known as Indian hemp, along with the vehicles used as means of conveyance were also seized.”

According to him, the smuggling of foreign rice is frustrating the Federal Government’s rice and agricultural policies.

The NCS Command also noted that several quantities of poultry products, cannabis sativa, vehicles and other means of conveyance, used clothes and shoes, used tyres, sugar, tomato in retail form, body creams and petroleum products for export were also seized during the period under review.

Kolo said: “The cumulative Duty Paid Value for the seizures in April amounted to N189, 923,293.

“The Federal Government’s directive on border closure is still subsisting.

“A sum of N225, 000 was generated from the auction of seized petroleum products and scrap metals in the month of April.”

The Customs Area Controller, however, declared that men and officers of the Command would sustain the onslaught against smugglers in spite of attacks on Customs personnel by smugglers and their promoters in and outside the country.

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