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Customs seizes N92m vehicles, goods

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Customs seizes N92m vehicles, goods

Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the Oyo/Osun Area Command have seized thousands of bags of banned par boiled rice, vegetable oil and used tyres, as well as second hand clothes valued at N92 million.

The Controller of the Oyo/Osun Area Command, Christopher Odibo, yesterday displayed nine DAF trucks and two cars laden with the contraband.

Odibo said the seizures were made at different locations within the command’s area of coverage “especially along Opara Ibodo axis of Iwajowa Local Government Area of Oyo State”.

 

The breakdown of the seizures showed nine trucks and two used cars worth N34,782,792.29; 4,000 bags of foreign par boiled rice valued at N48,596,321; 150 used tyres worth N1,298,345.63; 51 bales of second hand clothes amounting to N7,043,205.75; and 50 kegs of vegetable oil worth N1,057,375.00, totalling Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N92 million.

 

While briefing journalists at the Ibadan Command Office, Odibo disclosed that his men were only able to arrest one suspect while others took to their heels and abandoned the contraband.

The controller said the unscrupulous businessmen, who were adamant in continuing with the illicit trade, would know no rest, as the command was poised to apprehend them.

He said: “The Federal Government has been making efforts towards expanding the agricultural base of the country and this has been yielding results. This is the reason the Federal Government is hard on importation of banned rice.

 

“Rice importation across the land borders is what is banned. Those importing rice should be licensed and the product should be brought through the sea ports. But the unpatriotic business people would all ways prefer to take the illicit routes, in spite of the fact that the country has enough number of home grown rice. We shall continue to discourage such activities.”

The controller said it was worrisome to note that some Nigerians remained unrepentant even as they continued to lose.

 

He said: “The Federal Government efforts in transforming the agricultural sector, especially in the area of rice production, should be encouraged while importation of rice should be discouraged by all.

 

“I want to affirm that no matter the means of conveyance or concealment of prohibited goods, I assure you that the officers of this command are on constant surveillance and monitoring and we will discover them.”
Odibo said that the suspect would be prosecuted.

He added that five cases involving different suspects were currently undergoing trial at the Federal High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan.

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