Customs Seizes Contraband Goods Worth Over N91m In Imo

July 12, 2020
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The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’, Owerri, says it has apprehended, seized and arrested contraband items worth over N91,002,400 in Imo state.

Briefing journalists in Owerri, the Customs Area Controller, Kayode Olusemire disclosed that the seized contraband consignments include 936 bags of 50kg foreign rice, most of which were repackaged in local rice bags and disguised as such, with the foreign rice bags stacked in the conveying vehicle.

Others include 128 bales of used fabrics, a Hummer bus, a construction lorry and a van, among others used in conveying the smuggled items.

Olusemire stressed that the items were intercepted in en route Imo from Akwa Ibom and Anambra, adding that operational activities were carried out simultaneously in other states of the federation.

He however, regretted that one of the vehicles which belongs to a famous transport company was used to smuggle the goods.

The Area Controller assured that the Nigeria Customs Service had established communication with the said company and efforts were in top gear to arrest and prosecute the driver who, according to him, jumped out of the vehicle when he sighted on-duty officers of the NCS.

“It is regrettable that while we are waging the war against smuggling, these smugglers are devising other means to perpetrate their evil deeds without recourse to the health and safety of Nigerians”.

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