Customs arrest bullion van with smuggled rice


The Oyo/Osun Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday said it had arrested a Bullion Van concealed with imported smuggled rice.

The command said it also made some seizures which included 30 fairly used vehicles at different locations in the area.

The Area Controller, Tolutope Ogunkua, who disclosed this to newsmen, in Ibadan, said that the bullion was intercepted in the Saki axis of Oyo state.

He said the arrests would send a serious signal to recalcitrant saboteurs of the Nigeria economy.

Ogunkua said it was worrisome that some Nigerians had remained unrepentant even with the clampdown and the losses they suffered, adding that the command remained unshaken to deal with them.

According to him, two persons were apprehended with the bullion van and have since been in custody and will be charged to court soon.

He said the command had been on the trail of the particular bullion van which usually went with police escorts.

Ogunkua said the surveillance men of the command had a gun duel with the suspects before they were apprehended.

“You will recall that I had reiterated our resolve to increase the revenue profile of the command and to tirelessly reduce the incidence of smuggling.

“In keeping to this promise, the command initiated new anti-smuggling strategies which led to remarkable exploits evidenced in the situation on display today.”

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