.......Intercepts over 1billion naira worth of contraband in the last one month.

Sandra Ukele

The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs service has intercepted various contraband with a duty paid value totalling One billion,six hundred and eighteen million,one hundred and seventy seven thousand,six hundred and sixty one Naira, fifty kobo (1,618,177,661.50).

Addressing Newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos, the Controller Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja Mohammed Uba said the seizures were carried out between January 1 and 31st this year.

The seized items include: 31 assorted vehicles, 8,400 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1,652 cartons of frozen poultry products,835 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 10 sacks bag of Indian hemp, 2,208 pieces of used tyres, 159 bales of used clothing among others.

The detained vehicles include: 4 Rolls Royce,1 porche panamera, 1 Jaguar, 1 Bentley, 2 Lexus jeep, 2 G wagon, 1 Toyota land cruiser, 5 Toyota Corolla, 7 Mercedes Benz among others, mostly 2017 models with a duty paid value of One billion, four hundred and twenty nine million Nine hundred and fifty three thousand, Nine hundred and forty one Naira, fifty kobo (N1,429,953,941.50).

While some of the vehicles were intercepted along Ijebu Ode Express way, others were evacuated at various raid in parkview estate, Victoria Island, Banana Island, Ikeja and Maryland respectively.
In his warning statement, the Customs Area Comptroller said all smugglers should desist from any act of illegal trade. Mr.  Uba also urged owners of the vehicles to come forward with valid customs clearance documents or risk seizure and subsequent forfeiture to the federal government.


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