Customs arrests eight suspected smugglers

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) officials have arrested eight suspected smugglers in Ogun State while ferrying cars into the country.

The suspects were handed over to the police following their arrest in the bush path of Idiroko in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun state.

Ogun Area Customs Command spokesman Mr Usman Abubakar said the command recorded significant seizures last month, adding: “A total of 84 seizures with total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N81, 246, 069 were made in January 2015 as against 80 seizures recorded in January 2014. Our men have been carrying out their statutory duty towards reducing smuggling in the state.”

“Apart from arresting car smugglers, the command has further stepped up its war against smugglers of rice and sundry items on land and sea as we sometimes collaborate with men of the Western Marine Command in Lagos to intercept and prevent rice smugglers from using waterways within our territory to carry out their illicit business.

“This is to further sound a note of warning to smugglers to desist from the act as our men are more than ready to contain their activities which are inimical to the economic progress of our country,” he added.

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