The Ogun Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it made seizures of vehicles and other contraband goods worth N169.7 million within two weeks in the month of March 2018.
Controller of the command, Sani Madugu, in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Abdullahi Maiwada, gave a breakdown of the seizures to include rice, bales of used clothing, vegetable oil, petroleum products, frozen poultry products and motorcycles being used for smuggling.
He said, “The quest to adequately secure our borders against economic saboteurs is gaining momentum. Both internal and external mechanisms are deployed to ensure that desperate and battle ever ready smugglers are defeated.
“To this end, a total of 38 vehicles out of which 18 are means of conveyance of prohibited items, 19 units of motorcycles, 1, 060 bags of foreign rice, 158 kegs of vegetable oil (25liters each), 159 cartons of Frozen Poultry Products (destroyed), 150 kegs of petrol 25 litres each (auctioned), five sacks and 30 bales of second hand clothing with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of 169.7 million were seized during the period under review.”
Madugu said efforts were in top gear to sustain and increase the anti smuggling drive of the command.
He said the customs would “leave no stone unturned” in protecting the local economy and facilitating legitimate businesses within the state and across its borders with the Republic of Benin.
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