The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 Area Command, has impounded a police van with smuggled foreign rice. The Controller, Bamidele Makinde, disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen in Abeokuta.
According to him, the Hilux van with police spy number plate, PF 10889 SPY, was arrested with 27 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice.
Makinde said the driver of the vehicle abandoned it and fled immediately he sighted customs officers.
Responding to questions on whether the van would be released to the police or not, Makinde said the development would be communicated to the NCS headquarters in Abuja for necessary actions.
He added that the command had been able to impound 5,420 bags of rice between February 9 and March 21.
Within the period under review, Makinde explained that the command had also impounded, “133 sacks and 181 wraps (book size) of Cannabis Sativa; 18 units of vehicles; 13 kegs of vegetable oil; 8 bales of 19 small ‘Ghana-must-go bags’ and two sacks of second-hand clothes.”
Others are, “25 sacks and 4 bags of used shoes; 880 cartons of frozen poultry products and 26,725 litres of PMS.”
Makinde told reporters that the total duty paid value of the seized goods was N143,905,508.
He called on parents and guardians residing in border communities to prevail on their wards and youths to desist from criminal activities such as smuggling, attack on security operatives as well as government assets and infrastructure.