The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Oyo/Osun Command has disclosed that it has seized one thousand, four hundred and forty bags of rice (1,440) with duty paid value of nineteen million, three hundred and eighty thousand, one hundred and sixty kobo (N19,380,160.00).
It also has declared that three people was arrested in connection with the smuggling of this rice and other prohibited items into the country have been arrested.
The command also declared that fourteen vehicles, 30 bales and jumbo sacks of second-hand clothing materials and used tyres with duty paid value of N25,703,875.00, N4,062,500.00 and N6,513,710.00 respectively were seized within the command’s territory.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Mr. Elisha David Chikan who has just been posted to Ibadan made the disclosure while briefing journalists on Wednesday, noted that the duty paid value of all the seized items was N55,660,245.00.
He however declared that three people who are still under investigation were arrested in connection with the seized items.
Chikan also noted that most of the seizures were effected along Oyo/Ibadan Road while the Tokunbo vehicles were arrested within Saki axis at Aleniboro village in ATISBO Local Government area of Oyo State.
He said that all the seizures were arrested within three weeks.
According to him, “Consequently, the eagle-eyed operatives of the command succeeded within the period under review in botching the illicit attempts of smugglers to ferry into the country assorted contrabands including foreign rice, bales of second hand clothing, used tyres as well as Tokunbo vehicles through the borders of this area command.
“Specifically, we have been able to successfully effect the following seizures during the period under review.
“Nissan Almera carrying 20 bags of (50kg) foreign rice, DAF 45 truck with 800 pieces of used tyres, Mazda bus with 50 bags of (50kg) foreign rice, Mazda Bus with 30 bales aCommand
o sacks of second-hand clothings, Volvo Tipper with 100 bags of (50kg) foreign rice, Mercedes Benz Truck 911 with 200 bags of foreign rice, Truck with 420 bags of forreign rice, Maszda Bus with 50 bags of foreign rice and HowoTrailer Truck with 600 bags of foreign rice.
Others are “Mazda Premacy -Tokunbo Car, Toyota Camry -Tokunbo Car, Volkswagen Golf -Tokunbo Car, Nissan Serena -Tokunbo Car and Mitsubishi Lancer -Tokunbo Car”.