- The Ogun area command controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Sani Madugu says officers and men of the command during surveillance intercepted 483 bags of rice, 721 cartons of imported croaker fish, two exotic cars
- Madugu states that in summary, all the intercepted goods have Duty Payable value of over N37m
- The customs boss says smugglers now use small canoes to bring in bags of rice through the creek
Smugglers now use the creeks along the border communities at Idiroko, Ipokia local government area, to smuggle bags of rice and other prohibited products into the country, the Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed.
The Ogun area command controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Sani Madugu, who took over the command on 25th April 2017, said within the period, officers and men of the command during surveillance intercepted 483 bags of rice, 721 cartons of imported croaker fish, two exotic cars (Mercedes Benz S-class 2015 model and Toyota corolla 2009 model) and one Volvo truck.
He disclosed this on Thursday, May 18, at the command’s border office at Idiroko, when briefing newsmen about seizure of prohibited goods coming through land borders made by the command in the last three weeks.
According to Vanguard, the customs boss said in summary, all the intercepted goods have Duty Payable value of over N37m.
Madugu said: "We have discovered one of the new methods of smuggling bags of rice and other prohibited products into Nigeria through Idiroko, is through the creeks in Ipokia.”
“The smugglers now use small, small canoes to bring in the bags of rice. They were not aware that we had mounted surveillance there, as they were bringing in the consignments, our operatives swooped on them. In the last three weeks, we have made seizure of 483 of 50kg bags of rice.
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“Also, we also intercepted along Idiroko axis two buses with number plates AKD ,674 XU and KJA 635 XU, carrying 721 cartons of croaker fish. Two exotic cars, Mercedes Benz S-class 2015 model, Toyota corolla 2009 model and one Volvo truck.”
The customs boss warned that any smuggler who engaged operatives in gun battle would get “fire for fire.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that some officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun state Command engaged in a gun battle with smugglers along Ota-Idiroko road on Tuesday May 9.
According to a witness who spoke to Premium Times, crisis erupted when some customs officials tried to stop a well-known smuggler identified as Sherif.
The witness said officials shot and killed Sherif at Ola junction, Onibuku along Ota-Idiroko road, during the shootout.
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