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Customs seizes 38 trailer loads of rice in Ogun

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area Command (I) says it has seized 38 trailers containing 19,000 bags of foreign parboiled rice in the border…

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area Command (I) says it has seized 38 trailers containing 19,000 bags of foreign parboiled rice in the border areas of the state.

The command said the product with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N307.891 million was seized in the first quarter of the year.

The Area Controller, Peter Kolo, who spoke with newsmen in Abeokuta on Tuesday, said some bags of the rice were concealed by smugglers in trucks branded by a multinational company.

While warning against using branded vehicles of multinational companies to smuggle contraband goods, the area controller expressed worry that hoodlums have not backed down on their nefarious activities despite the closure of borders in the state.

Kolo also disclosed that the command, in March, generated N8.27 million and confiscated 167 contraband goods involving petroleum products, cannabis sativa, vehicles and motorcycles used as means of conveyance of the prohibited goods.

He puts the combined revenue generated by the command in the first quarter at N12.321m.