The Nigerian Customs ServiceFederal Operations Units Zone A, Ikeja, has revealed that it seized N1,119 billion worth of contraband in 2023.
“Last year, we made 1,119 seizures with a total value of N10,395,123,943; consisting of bags of foreign rice, vehicles, marijuana, tramadol, used tires, poultry products, shoes, petroleum products, etc. The most notable of the seizures concerns foreign parboiled rice, which totaled 139 trailer loads (83,170 50 kg bags),” says he. said.
Customs arrests bullion van carrying bags of smuggled rice, N24m
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized a bullion truck loaded with 12 bags containing 50kg of smuggled foreign parboiled rice and cash worth N24,489,500.00.
Comptroller of Customs, Olusola Alade, who disclosed this to journalists on Friday, said the items were seized by the Ogun Area Command II.
According to him, the van with registration number, FKJ 993 BZ, belongs to Bankers Warehouse Ltd, while the money belongs to the Abeokuta branch of Access Bank.
Alade disclosed that the items were seized in April 2022 by operatives of the Joint Border Patrol team along Sokoto-ljoun/Joga road, Abeokuta axis of the state.
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The Area Controller further stated that the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, after an investigation and recommendation on compassionate grounds, ordered the release of the bullion van and the cash to both Bankers Warehouse and Access Bank.