Ogun Customs intercepts 6,194 bags of smuggled rice, 340 kegs of petrol, 33 vehicles

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The Headquarters of the Ogun Customs Administration of Nigeria intercepted 6,194 smuggled sacks of rice, 33 vehicles and other contraband worth more than 382 million dollars. USA.

The seizures also included 395 barrels of vegetable oil (25 liters each), 340 barrels of gasoline, 1954 pairs of knives and seven bales of second-hand clothing.

NCS National Controller Michael Agbar, who reported this during a briefing at the border post Idiroko, said that smuggling was seized in August.

Agbar, who said that among the seizures included 45 boxes of frozen poultry products, 150 boxes of red grape juice of Ceres and five boxes of currant Ribena, told reporters that the duty for all goods was N382,263,360.

According to him, the team has improved its revenue and suppression of smuggling activities.

He explained that during August the agency received a total income of N799,682,839.62, which is N71 million more than the target of the monthly profit of N727,775,499.91.

The Controller further noted that the seizure of 6,194 sacks of foreign rice last month was the highest monthly withdrawal ever made on the team since the adoption of the federal government's policy on agricultural development to increase local rice production.

According to him, from January to this day, 27,085 sacks of rice were intercepted, adding that the figures exceeded 21,789 bags seized by the team during 2017.

Agbara said: "A success story in the fight against smuggling is a blow to the smugglers who wanted to use the Sallah holidays prospect to perpetuate their illegal act and orchestration so that the officers and people of the Ogun command fulfilled their promise to limit the activities of economic saboteurs."

Agbar also said that, in accordance with the headquarters directive, his team had recently transferred 11,057 bags of rice and other perishables to internally displaced persons in Borno through the Nigerian Army Corps of Transport and Logistics.

He added: "The team was equally involved in the joint operation, which led to the seizure of a large amount of gasoline in the creek in Ijun, where the amount remains to be determined due to the ongoing evacuation.

"We want to note the patriotic role of our sister agencies, traditional leaders, eminent personalities and some host communities who have always been in partnership with us in our efforts to effectively fulfill our statutory functions in accordance with existing state policies."

Agbar assured that command operatives are forced to engage in smuggling and smuggling throughout the state.

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