From Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
In line with its mandate of waging war against smuggling activities and smugglers, the Oyo/Osun Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service has made another breakthrough by intercepting some contraband goods worth N92,778,048.22k.
Briefing journalists on Tuesday at the Command Area headquarters in Ibadan, the Area Controller, Christopher Odibu, said the seizures were made through the utilization of the intelligence reports by its officers and men.
Breaking down the items seized and their duty paid value, Controller Odibu revealed that: “4,000 (50kg) bags of foreign parboiled rice is put at N48,596,321; nine truck and two used cars is put at N34,782,792.29;
150 pieces of used tyres put at N1,298,345,.63; 51 bales of secondhand clothes at N7,043,205.75 and 50 (25litre keg) of vegetable oil out at N1,057,375.
According to the Customs boss, the seizures were made at different locations within the command’s area of coverage especially along Opara/Bodo Musa axis of Iwajowa Local Government Area of Oyo State. One suspect was arrested along with the seized goods.
The controller pointed out that it is worrisome to note that some Nigerians remain unrepentant even as they continue to lose.
He restated the Federal Government efforts in transforming the agricultural sector, especially in the area of rice production should be encouraged whole importation of rice should be discouraged by all.
He warned all unpatriotic people who engage in smuggling of used cars, foreign rice and other contraband goods to desist from it and look for other legitimate means of businesses.