Col. Hameed Alli (Rtd.) Comptroller-General, NCS

Nigeria Customs seizes 14,951 bags of rice, others amid lockdown

* Impounded bags of smuggled rice worth N1.2billion ─Ogun Command Controller

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect
As the lockdown directive resulting from the Coronavirus outbreak in the country remains in force, the Ogun Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has stated that it impounded about 14,951 bags of smuggled rice worth N1.2billion, and 225 used vehicles popularly called Tokunbo.

Michael Agbara, Controller of the NCS Command, disclosed Friday, April 17 in the Idiroko border office of the Command, in Ipokia Local Government Area of the state.

It was learnt Agbara said the seizure of the bags of smuggled rice (50kg) was the highest so far made by his Ogun Area 1 Command in the first quarter of 2020.

He revealed that the Command recorded revenue totalling N37, 878, 000 within the period under review, while noting that the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the smuggled rice was N1, 177, 161, 384.

According to him, the difference in the DPV of the rice was N738, 210, 158 when compared to N438, 951, 226 posted as DPV on seized smuggled rice in the first quarter last year.

Other seizures made, he stated, are 293,015 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and 9,161 cartons of poultry products.

Agbara said: “It will interest you to know that within the period of 1st January to 31st March, 2020, we have generated a total revenue of thirty seven million, eight hundred and seventy eight thousand naira (N37, 878, 000.00) from direct auction of seized 293,015 litres of PMS, 625 litres of Diesel and 19 jerry cans of kerosene (25kg each).

“Furthermore, the Command’s Special Taskforce, intercepted nine vehicles (7 SUVs Nissan Pathfinder and 2 Mazda) fully loaded with smuggled parboiled rice.

“It is important to bring to the notice of the public that during the lockdown, some daredevil smugglers ingeniously explored the difficult terrain with SUV vehicles to convey smuggled items into the country.

“The proactive activities of Officers and Men in Command led to remarkable seizures of such categories of vehicles conveying smuggled items.

He stressed that as a responsive and responsible Service (NCS), “we remain resolute and focused in making sure that economic saboteurs are brought to their knees.

“The Command also intercepted 176 sacks, 1, 790 Parcels, 80 compressed book packs, 28 compressed coconut packs and 4 wraps of cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp).

“All the aforementioned seizures of petroleum products were meant for illegal exportation in defiance to extant Federal Government policies.

“It is important to note that all items imported into Nigeria for home use are not permitted to be exported.”

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