Customs seize truckloads of corn, foreign rice, vehicles and illegal drugs worth N3.4 billion


That Nigerian Customs Service (NCS)Ogun 1 Area Command seized a truckload of dried corn, foreign parboiled rice and other contraband worth N3,400,226,707 in the first half of 2022.

The command also generated N29,940,146.50 of gasoline taken from import duties and auction sales by smugglers.

The command’s comptroller, Bamidele Makinde, said that 25,906 bags of foreign parboiled rice, each weighing 50 kg, were seized in the first half of the year, equivalent to 43 trailer loads.

He added that during the review the command also seized: 1,433 boxes of frozen poultry products; 72 units used vehicles.

Other seizures include 20 used motorcycles; 2,250 sachets of tramadol and 168 sachets of codeine; 289 boxes of tomato paste; 258 bags and 661 packs of Cannabis sativa; and 140 used tires.

The rest are 11,645 25 liter barrels of petrol and 343 cases of foreign wines, 34 bales, 113 sacks and 36 Ghana Must Go bags of second-hand clothes.

Mr Bamidele said: “The Cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) for all of the above seizures is N3,400,226,707.”

“This amount indicates a significant increase in revenue collection and recorded value of seizure compared to what happened in the first half of 2021,” he said.

“Revenues from January to June last year were N15,261,074.00 compared to this year’s revenue of N29,940,146.50. Similarly, the estimated Duty Paid Value (DPV) of items seized this year is 3,400 ,226,707.00 N higher than last year’s record value of 834,765,273.00 N. That’s about a 400% increase.

Some of the confiscated contraband was demonstrated to journalists in Ogun on Wednesday.
Some of the confiscated contraband was demonstrated to journalists in Ogun on Wednesday.
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“We will strengthen customs-community relations and corporate social responsibility (CSR) within our means.”

Mr. Bamidele also promised residents of the state that the command will engage more in dialogue to ensure casualties are not recorded as part of their duty.

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