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Nigeria – The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Ogun 1 Area Command, Idiroko, Ogun State has announced the interception of a truck with inscription of Dangote Cement loaded with 600 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice and arrest of three persons.
Announcing this on Wednesday, 19th May, 2021 at a media briefing, the Area Comptroller of the Command, Comptroller Peter Kolo added that the command recorded another seizure of over 7,000 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent of 12 trailer loads) with other contraband items with the cumulative duty paid value DPV, for all the seizures in the month of April, 2021 amounted to One Hundred and eighty nine million, nine hundred and twenty three thousand, two hundred and ninety three naira only (N189,923,293.00), in its anti-smuggling efforts in the month of April.
Other intercepted items, as presented by the Command spokesperson, DSC Hammed Bukoye Oloyede, in an e-signed statement are frozen poultry products, Cannabis sativa (marijuana), Vehicles used as means of conveyance, used clothing and shoes, used Tyres, Sugar, Tomatoes in retail form, Body creams and Petroleum products (PMS) made for export.
Comptroller Kolo, also stated that a total sum of Two hundred and twenty five thousand naira Zero kobo only (₦225,000.00) was generated from the auction sales of seized petroleum products and scrap metals in the command.
He said, “It is important to note the catastrophic damage this quantity of rice will cause to the Federal Government Rice Agricultural Policy if allowed to get into the Nigerian markets.
“I wish to re-instate here that our intelligence network in the command is still very strong as we deployed intelligence in virtually all our operations in the area and greater successes are continuously being recorded on daily basis.
“Recalled during the March, 2021 press briefing, you were told that some facilities of multi-national companies operating in Ogun State like Coca –Cola Company are being used to smuggle contraband goods into the country.
“Just a few days ago, another articulated truck bearing the inscription and logo of DANGOTE CEMENT CO LTD was intercepted along Ijoun border axis loaded with over six hundred (600) bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice heading to the eastern part of the country.
“Three (3) people were arrested including the driver of the vehicle and investigation is going to unravel those behind this act of massive smuggling activity.
“Recently, the command’s patrol officers came under severe attack from the daredevil smugglers, hoodlums and their sympathizers using pump action riffles, AK 47 riffles, Den-guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons at Oja –Odan in Yewa Southern part of Ogun State in which some command officers sustain gunshot injuries.
“The attack was successfully repelled and over three Hundred (300) bags of foreign parboiled rice was seized in that operation. Let it be known that these pockets of attacks on security operatives will not deter or discourage us from continuous onslaught on Smugglers , their sympathizers and other Economic saboteurs in Ogun state.
“Let me at this point once again thank our Critical stakeholders, Members of the media, other Security agencies and Traditional rulers for their collaborative efforts and synergy with the service while carrying out our statutory mandate in the state”.