Nigerian Customs Warns Against Economic Sabotage

Operators demonstrated a high degree of discipline and patience in transporting the contraband to the Lagos Customs Warehouse.
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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)'s; Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, has warned rice smugglers to stay clear of the region or face the wrath of the law.

In a statement, the unit's public relations officer, Peter Duniya, said the acting customs area manager, Usman Yahaya also reported a single N10 billion Duty Paid Value (DPV) seizure of contrabands.

According to him, the seizures took place in one day at Ido-Eruwa lane, adding that the contraband consisted of 34 relatively used and new vehicles laden with second-hand clothing, Indian hemp, and international parboiled rice.

He said,

"I welcome you to this historic press briefing which is aimed at showcasing a large scale of smuggled vehicles laden with different kinds of contraband goods. Some economic saboteurs met their Waterloo when our operatives acted based on credible information, made a single seizure at Ido, Eruwa Road-Ibadan of Oyo State.

"The contrabands include 34 different brands of both new and used vehicles laden with banned items such as second-hand clothes, foreign parboiled rice and Indian hemp."

Yahaya further stated that although the smugglers who supported the hoodlums but the customs were strongly resisting.

Operators demonstrated a high degree of discipline and patience in transporting the contraband to the Lagos Customs Warehouse.

"Our operatives were met with stiff resistance from a combination of smugglers, hoodlums and villagers. However, with the application of a high level of professionalism, the patrol teams were able to bring all the vehicles down to Lagos without any casualty."

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