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CUSTOMS INTERCEPTS CONTRABAND WORTH OVER ₦‎600M, RECOVER ₦107M

The Nigeria Customs Service said it arrested five suspects and confiscated ammunition and other contraband worth a Duty Paid Value of 622,407,586 in the month of September.

The Unit also recovered 107m as duty underpayment from goods cleared from the seaports and border post within the period under review.

The Acting Customs Area Controller in charge of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, of the Service, Hussein Ejibunnu, disclosed these while briefing journalists at the Unit on Wednesday.

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Ejibunu explained that some of the impounded items include 7,328 50 kilograms of bags of foreign parboiled rice, 121,550 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 68 cartons of frozen poultry and 37 crates of eggs used to conceal rice.

Speaking further, he said “Among the September seizures was a massive discovery of bales of 1,955 bales of used clothing in an abandoned building around the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex. We made the discovery and evacuation using combined strategies of intelligence, tact and enforcement.

“Also within the same period, a large cache of PMS ingeniously concealed inside sacks was intercepted at the Badagry Axis of Lagos State.

“Other seizures recorded within the same period are, “7,328 x 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice, 121,550 litres of premium motor spirit, 68 cartons of frozen poultry, 37 crates of eggs used to conceal rice, 150 kg parcels of Indian hemp, 10 pieces of military Camouflage bags, six units of used cars, I unit of pump action rifle, 2 units of locally made guns and 35 live cartridges. Five suspects were arrested in connection with some of the seizures mentioned above”.

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Additionally, the Federal High Court passed three judgments in favour of the Units securing six convictions for illegal possession of smuggled goods, while six civil suits against the Unit were dismissed.

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