- Two sacks containing military uniforms and boots were intercepted by the Nigeria Customs
- Customs also seized 22 cars, including nine bulletproof cars worth about N1.2 billion
- Other seizures made include 25 litres of vegetable oil and 245 parcels of India hemp worth N19 million
A bus carrying two big sacks containing military uniforms and boots along the Ijebu-Ode expressway was intercepted on Wednesday, October 3, by the Nigeria Customs Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ .
NAIJ.com gathered that the customs unit boss, Mohammed Aliyu, on Thursday, October 4, told journalists in Lagos that the military wares were arrested after a security tip-off from concerned Nigerians.
“This is national security. Though they are not much but the damage that will be done will be much that is why we seized them," he said.
Aliyu said his unit also seized 22 cars, including nine bulletproof cars worth about N1.2 billion, inside a bush in Idiroko axis of Ogun state while others raided in different hidden warehouses in Lagos.
He said:“This is the second time I will be briefing the press since I was here. The first time, I told you how we seized contraband goods worth N1.5 billion within 2 weeks in office. Now, we have seized 22 cars which nine are bulletproof worth about N9.27million while other non-bulletproof worth N2.4 million.”
According to him, his officers intercepted 11,000 bags of 50 kilogrammes rice barely one month after it seized 3,000 bags.
“We seize bags of rice on daily basis. If you wait a bit, you will see my officers bring in seized bags of rice. Most times. They come in convoy and immediately they see our officers, some will escape while others arrested.”
Other seizures made by customs include 25 litres of vegetable oil and 245 parcels of India hemp worth N19 million.
“We don’t have any arrested suspects. They ran away. If you are in the bush, they always come in twos-the and passenger. Immediately you flag them, they will know they are in danger. They will abandon the vehicle and run away. That is why we don’t (make) any arrest," he said.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the anti-smuggling unit of the Nigeria Customs Service, FOU, Zone A, on Wednesday, May 16, said it had impounded 30 exotic vehicles, nine trailers and other with DPV of over N1.01 billion between Tuesday, April 10 and Tuesday, May 15.
Customs Area Controller of the unit, Garba Uba Mohammed, who made this known in Lagos while briefing journalists, also said N28.9 million was recovered from under payment by importers who cleared their goods from the ports.
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