Nigerian customs seize 10 trailers loaded with rice, other contraband worth N1.6bn.
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone `A` has intercepted ten trailers loaded with parboiled rice and other contraband goods with Duty Paid Value of N1.62 billion, from March 9.
Comptroller Mohammed Garba, the Area Controller of the command, made this known to reporters in Lagos on Wednesday.
According to Comptroller Garba, the unit also made N166. 20 million within March 19 to April 9 from duty payment and request notices on general goods from seaports, airports and also land border stations
“The command also intercepted contraband with DPV of N1.46 billion between March 19 and April 9.
“The seized items include Indian hemp (cannabis sativa), 64 exotic vehicles, 6,003 bags of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent of 10 trailers loads) 963 cartons of frozen poultry products.
“Others are 431 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 163 bales of used clothing, 569 pieces of used tyres, 69 bags of sugar and four containers, among others. he said
Garba said that the 570 parcels and 98 sacks of cannabis sativa weighing 1,550kg were caught on the Olorunda axis of Ogun State, following a tipoff.
“These Indian hemp was the highest seizure of such hard drugs in the history of the command. Such a drug will have negative effects on consumers if it escapes to the public.”