The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’, Owerri, Imo State, says it has intercepted, seized and arrested eight vehicles conveying over 1,719 bags of foreign rice with Duty Paid Value of N31m.
It was gathered that the seizures were made between March and June 2019 in different locations within the zone, which covers 11 states in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones of the country.
Briefing journalists on Saturday at the Imo/Abia Customs Warehouse in Owerri, the Customs Area Controller, Kayode Olusemire, stated that a truck with number plate ACH 466 XA conveying over 40 bags of foreign rice with DPV of N1,024,000 was intercepted and seized in Aba, Abia State.
“Also, a truck with number plate KHE 366 XA conveying over 230 bags of foreign rice with DPV of N5,888,000 was seized in the Port Harcourt area, while another truck with number plate AGL 133XP conveying over 40 bags of foreign rice with DPV of N1,024,000 was seized in the Aba/Owerri area,” he said.
Olusemire stated that over 400 bags of rice in a Shacman truck were seized by the Custom Area Control roving team with DPV of N30,740,000 in Benin, Edo State.
The contraband, according to him, was concealed in a truck believed to be carrying flour.
Olusemire said, “Following the intelligence and dexterity of our men and officers on patrol, another Ford bus conveying over 25 bags of 50kg foreign rice with DPV of N1,520,000 was arrested.
“The DPV of the means of conveyance (truck) is N1,800,000, bringing the total DPV of both the truck and the illegal goods to N3,320,000,” the Customs boss said.
He added that the another Shacman truck loaded with over 300 bags of rice with DPV of N4,800,000 was arrested in the Benin area.
“While the DPV of the truck is N20,400,000 the total DPV of both the rice and the means of conveyance is N25,200,000,” he noted.
Olusemire further disclosed that the CAC roving team intercepted, seized and arrested a truck carrying over four big tanks stocked with over 113 bags of rice.