Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Area 1 Command have seized 14 truck loads of 50Kg foreign parboiled rice and other contrabands with Duty Paid Value worth N1.2billion.
The operatives who equally intercepted a petroleum tanker laden with 45,000 litres of adulterated diesel being imported into the country, also confiscated 23,400 pairs of footwear, 289 cartons of tomato paste, 1,100 packets of tramadol, as well as several sacks and wraps of weeds, suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.
Conducting newsmen round the seized smuggled items in Idiroko Border Post, the Customs Area Controller for Ogun 1 Command, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde, who described the items as “uncommon seizures under a month”, disclosed that the adulterated diesel product was intercepted along the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway.
While noting that the seizure was made between the month of May and 25th of June, 2022, Makinde informed the newsmen that the driver of the tanker absconded upon sighting the command’s operatives.
According to him, two trucks conveying 882 bags of the foreign parboiled rice were seized inside Abeokuta metropolis, while on transit.