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Customs Arrests 30 Suspects In Oyo, Osun Over Contraband

Some of the seized goods
Posted: Mar 25, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

ANDREW UTULU, LAGOS

The Oyo/ Osun command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) arrested a total of 30 persons in connection with contraband and evasion of duty in March, 2016.
The command also seized assorted goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Nineteen Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty-Five Naira (19,744,965) during the same period.

Ogunkua, T.B.M, Area Controller, Oyo/Osun area command of NCS, who disclosed this on Tuesday said that the seized goods include 400x50kg bags of imported rice and 290×25 litres gallons of vegetable oil.
The goods were discovered concealed in a DAF 85 Truck with Registration Number LSR 933 XB, which was intercepted by the NCS along Osogbo axis on the .
Other goods confiscated by the NCS include an unregistered Toyota Dyna Truck, with Chassis Number JT732BU8807000288, suspected to have been smuggled into the country was intercepted on Friday, 18 March, 2016 along Fiditi in Oyo State;
30×50 kg bags of imported rice intercepted along Ighoho/Adefila axis on Sunday, 20 March, 2016 and 20×50 kg bags of imported rice intercepted along Igbeti axis on Monday, 21March, 2016. The bags of rice were recovered in a smugglers’ dump site in the forest through intelligence gathering.

Others are a Volvo Truck with Registration No. KWL 777AH also intercepted on Monday, March, 21, 2016, following an intelligence report received by the command that the truck was suspected to be carrying fairly used tyres and other prohibited goods.

“The command has also intensified its sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns which has enhanced the level of voluntary payment of duty on imported vehicles from stakeholders”, the comptroller said, adding that “this month alone, a total of 110 vehicles had their duty paid through the command, which generated a sum of Fifteen Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand, One Hundred and One Naira to the federal government coffers”.
He warned the importers and general public from importation of rice through the land border saying that such had been banned by the Federal Government. He added that the ban takes effect from this Friday, 25th March, 2016.
“All those who have their duty paid for the imported rice within the Oyo/ Osun area command border entry point are advised to evacuate same on or before the said date or risk the rice being seized. The command must implement this zero tolerance for rice import through the border to the later”, he said.