The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ of the Nigerian Customs Service (NSC) has confiscated many smuggled goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N2.55 billion between March 1 and March 19.
The Area Controller of the Unit, Muhammed Uba, disclosed, Tuesday that the seized goods included 7,201 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1,172 cartons of frozen poultry products, 1,352 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 72 bales of used clothing and 46 pieces of used tyres.
Also noteworthy is that fact that among the seizures, is the interception of 3,352 bags of rice and 669 jerry cans of vegetable oil confiscated along Iseyin, Oyo/Osun axis.
‘‘The evacuation of 1,235 bags of rice from a warehouse in Ogbomosho based on credible intelligence despite resistance,’’ he said.
Mr. Uba noted that it was imperative to recall that the ban placed on importation of foreign rice through land borders was to encourage efficiency in local production.
The Area controller informed that 3,351 bags of parboiled rice were smuggled by a truck carrying beer, adding that Customs intercepted six of the seized vehicles along Lekki-Epe Expressway, and the remaining 10 at various locations within the unit’s jurisdiction.
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