Customs Impounds 11 Exotic Cars, 40ft Trailer Conveying 1,175 Bags Of Rice Ilegally Imported

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Comptroller-General of Customs, Colonel Hamid Ali (rtd)
By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
The Federal operations unit of the Nigerian Customs Services on Friday, displayed before newsmen the eleven exotic cars, 131, sacks  of Indian hemp and a 48ft. trailer conveying 1,680 carton of “33” but had 1,175 bags of foreign rice concealed under the truck.

Briefing journalist on the seizures, the comptroller in charge of the unit area Mr Kayode Olusemire, said that the operational unit under
his watch has been putting out efforts to match smugglers in the area.

The exotic vehicles are valued at the tune of over 1 billion Naria
while the Indian hemp and bags of the foreign rice put to the tune of
several millions of Naria.

According to the comptroller, the smugglers carefully used the crates
of beer, to conceal the bags of foreign rice pointing out that the bags of rice were neatly parked in between the 1,680 creates of beer.

He said that the watchful eyes of the operatives of the operational unit, along Benin, Lagos axis spotted the smugglers and arrested them.

The comptroller further said going by the intelligence of the unit’s officers and men they demanded that  the 40ft trailers be searched and subsequently the contraband goods were found and seized adding that 4
suspects had been arrested in connection with the seizures.

Displaying the cannabis Sativa impounded at about 2.00am by the Benin
mobile patrol officers and men of the unit at the Customs warehouses
Aduwawa Benin, the customs Area controller, Kayode Olusemire stated
that the driver of the bus moved by that wee hours of the  night to
beat the operatives.

“But luck ran against the driver when a his very to beat them were pursued, intercepted and arrested by the custom operatives” along the Benin axis of the unit, “he said.

He stated that the seized item was banned by the federal government sequel to its dangerous health implications.

The Unit Area Comptroller put the total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the
smuggled expensive cars at N137,330, 148 just as the imported bags of
foreign rice bore a DPV of N35,042,720.

According to Olusemire, the smugglers had cleverly concealed the bags of rice with cartons of beer and Lucozade boost / Ribena loaded in a heavy duty truck to beat customs check points on the roads.

He listed the state of the art carts seized to include: a Volvo and C90 2017 model, Range Rover HSE 2013 model Toyota Highlander (2016 model), Toyota Camry (2010 Model) Mercedes Benz ML350 (2014 model) and a Toyota Hilux 2015 model.

Others were Toyota Tundra (2007 Model), Toyota Tacoma (2017 Model) as
well as a Donge Ram (2016 model all bearing an overall APV of N140
million Naira.

The Unit Area Comptroller who attributed the increasing wave of criminal activities in the society to the unbridled planting, selling
and consumption of hard drugs by unscrupulous elements warned those
engrossed in the act to desist forthwith or be prepared to face the
music if apprehended.

In his words, “many youths have gone insane because of the smoking of
Indian hemp. It is a dangerous habit, which is inimical to health.

Many of them do fanfare with it now to the extent that they do not hid in smoking it again. They are usually seen when burial or wake keep ceremonies are done, indirectly legalizing it themselves.

I appeal that the agencies involved should deal decisively with the anyone caught smoking Indian hemp,” Olusemire added.

The Customs Unit Area Comptroller said that, it was criminal of Nigerians to smuggle vehicles into the country through the bush just to evade payment of duties on such vehicles, stressing that
importation of such vehicles should be made through the seaports and
duties paid in the interest of the nation’s economy.

He explained that the NCS is now better equipped, trained and motivated to fish out smugglers irrespective of their adopted system of operation.

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