Customs raid smugglers’ hideouts in Lagos, Ogun

Customs raid smugglers’ hideouts in Lagos, Ogun
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The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service, on Tuesday announced the arrest of five suspected smugglers while conducting series of covert operations on criminal hideouts in Lagos and Ogun States in the last ten days.

The unit said over N116 million worth of contraband allegedly being smuggled into Nigeria through unapproved routes in Ogun State were also seized during the ten operation.

Items seized include bags of rice, vegetable oil, uses tyres second-hand clothing, frozen poultry products among others.

Controller of FOU Zone A, Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu, while conducting media men round Customs warehouse in Ikeja, vowed to evoke the rules of engagement governing the use of firearms over the continuous harassment and killings of Customs officers by suspected smugglers.

Ejibunu, who also expressed concern over the involvement of Dangote trucks in smuggling, revealed that he has written to the management of the company to address the issue.

“How could it be said that someone could conceal bags of rice with cement knowing full well that cement is poisonous?” he asked.


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