Customs Intercepts 19 Boat Engines, 8-Trailer Loads Of Rice In Ogun State
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area One Command, has intercepted 19 boat engines and eight trailer loads of foreign rice during its anti - smuggling activities last month in Ogun State.
The boat engines - five new and 14 used pieces - worth N17.322million were reportedly caught at the bush part in the border area, with the smugglers taking to their heels.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde disclosed on Tuesday at the command's Idiroko headquarters while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command for the month of April.
Bamidele said, during the period, the command generated N6, 048,500.00 from auction sales of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as petrol, intercepted at different locations and exit points to Republic of Benin during our anti-smuggling operations.
Bamidele insisted that the land border reopening only allows import and export of legitimate goods.
The customs Controller disclosed that a total of 4,603 bags/50kg each of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent of 8 trailer loads) were intercepted last month.
According to him, the cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) of all the seizures in the month of April, amounts N100,132,756.
He expressed hope that the command's revenue generation would improve significantly following the recent reopening of border at Idiroko.