YULETIDE: Customs FOU Ikeja Intercepts 9 Trailer Loads of Rice, 13 Tokunbo Cars, Arrests 11 Suspects


Deputy Comptroller Kehinde Ejibunu displaying some.of the vehicles and used tyres seized by FOU Zone A

Eagle eyed operatives of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ikeja Lagos has announced the interception of 5,459 bags of 50kg bags of foreign bags of rice, equivalent to 9 trailer loads.

Acting Controller of the unit, Hussein Kehinde Ejibunu at a press briefing on Tuesday revealed that the command anti-smuggling prowess also led to seizure of a Toyota Highlander with an ingenious concealment of suspected bags of foreign parboiled rice at Iju-Ojuore , Ogun State.

A breakdown of all the other seizures included; 18,100 litres of premium motor spirit,
376 bales of used clothes,
1,926 cartons of frozen poultry products.

Others are; 337 pieces of used compressors, 3 X 40 ft containers found to contain
3,838 pieces of used tyres,
13 used vehicles (Tokunbo) and
396 cartons of frozen fish.

The customs boss said that the total duty paid value of the seized goods stood at N872,575,250. While a total of 11 suspects were arrested in connection with some of the suspects.

Speaking he said “On revenue, the sum of N71,254,984.71 was generated through conscious and thorough documentary checks, followed by the issuance of demand notices on consignments that were found to have paid lesser amounts than the appropriate Customs duty.

“Smuggling operations that employ ingenious concealment methods can have a chance of successfully trafficking illegal goods across borders or checkpoints without being noticed.

“This calls for the collaborative efforts of all citizens to support the Service by providing useful and timely information that would aid the anti-smuggling drive.

“These seizures reflect our commitment to the discharge of our functions; aimed at protecting the nation’s economy and preventing the importation of prohibited and harmful products from entering our domestic markets” Ejibunu stated

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