- About 200 bags of rice hid under bunches of banana by smugglers have been seized
- The contraband was seized by operatives of Nigerian Customs Service in Imo state
- The service said the Duty Paid Value on the means of conveyance (truck) was N2.1 million, while the DPV on the contraband consignment was N5.1 million
The Nigerian Customs Service on Monday, September 10, said it intercepted and seized a truck conveying over 200 bags of contraband rice covered with plantains and banana.
The service said the contraband items were seized by operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone C, Owerri in Imo State
The Customs area comptroller in charge of the zone, Kayode Olusemire, said the 20 feet container truck, with the registration number, Lagos AGL 408 XR, was intercepted along the Benin stretch of the unit on Saturday, September 9.
He said the Duty Paid Value on the means of conveyance (truck) was N2.1 million, while the DPV on the contraband consignment was N5.1 million.
“The total DPV on that transaction alone is N7.2 million. Assuming the truck was not intercepted by the operatives of the unit that is how the Federal Government would have lost such a huge sum of money. It is very painful that smugglers had continued to nip the economy of the country in the bud.
“This was a calculated act to beat customs men on the road. It was very unfortunate for them and they met their Waterloo.
“Why should we encourage the importation of foreign rice and lose a lot of money in the international market, which we can use to enhance the production of rice in the country. The ban is also to encourage the consumption of made in Nigeria products.
“The importation of foreign rice reduces government revenue, stifles domestic rice industries in addition to distorting supply and consumption data usually applied by the government as references for sound policy planning,” he noted.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that NCS confiscated vehicles carrying bags of foreign rice along Kaduna, Zaria and Kano.
The assistant comptroller and commander, strike force of the command, Ekanem Wills.
Wills had said: “We were able to confiscate eight Golf wagons and three J5 vehicles conveying smuggled rice."
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