Customs Intercepts 156 Trailer Loads Of Rice, 656,414 Liters Of Fuel
The Federal Operations Unit Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday, said it intercepted about 156 trailer loads of rice, 656,414 liters of premium motor spirit (PMS) other contraband worth N13,908 billion in 2022.
The acting Controller of the Unit, DC Hussein Ejibunu, who stated this while addressing newsmen in Lagos, said that the Unit lost four officers to smuggling fight and arrested 176 smuggling suspects last year, while secured seven convictions., He stated that 14 suspects were charged to court and are at various stages of investigation and prosecution.
Ejibunu added that seven suspects are in detention, two suspects were handed over to NDLEA, and one suspect handed over to the Nigerian Police respectively, while 151 are on administrative bail.
He said the Unit recovered shortfalls in duty payments and achieved a total collection of N878,344 million as revenue for the government in 2022. The union boss said that the collected revenue would have been lost but for the intervention of FOU ‘A’, checking to be sure correct duties were paid into government coffers.
However, he said among the items seized last year were foreign parboiled rice, vehicles, drugs, textiles, petroleum products, and other items in the import and export prohibition lists.
Aside from protecting the national economy, he said some of the seizures achieved protection of citizens’ health because dangerous, expired, and harmful products were prevented from being smuggled into the country.
“In terms of volume, rice topped the list of our seizures. We seized 93,102 X 50kg which amounts to about 156 trailer loads of rice. Even our newly constructed warehouse had an overflow with seized rice,” he said.
According to him, a total number of 108 automobiles comprising of trucks, tankers, cars, and motorcycles were seized either as smuggled items or as means of conveyance of smuggled items.
“Illicit drugs seized within the year under review are, 7,354 kg and 4,975 tablets of Cannabis sativa, 233 cartons X 225 milligrams, and 82 packs X 225 milligrams of Tramadol. It is pertinent to remind us that these hard drugs fuel crime and insecurity. For petroleum products, this Unit seized 656,414 liters of premium motor spirit (PMS); that is, about 20 tanker loads of fuel from economic saboteurs who seek to impoverish the majority of our country people by taking out petrol subsidized for citizens’ benefit to be sold in other countries.
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