Customs Seize Contraband Worth N1.8bn, Including Cars and Rice

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone A Ikeja, has reported the interception of imported used cars (tokunbo), bags of foreign parboiled rice, and other contraband items worth N1.8 billion.

Acting Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, made this announcement on Friday while displaying some of the seized goods to journalists at the unit in Lagos.

Adeniyi stated that the seizures occurred at various times and locations within the border corridors of the South-Western States.

He listed the seized items, which included 35,100 liters of premium motor spirit, 1,100 liters of diesel, one 40-foot container carrying 360 bales of used clothes, one 40-foot container containing 150 cartons of ladies’ handbags, 50 bales of nickers, and one 20-foot container of unprocessed wood.

Additional confiscated items comprised 106 cartons of foreign frozen poultry, 55 pieces of used fridges, 110 pieces of used compressors, 148 cartons of foreign soap, 121 cartons of expired hair oil, and 25 units of vehicles (Tokunbo).

The unit also generated N73 million in revenue through documentary checks and the issuance of demand notices on individuals who paid below the required duty.

Adeniyi emphasized the importance of agriculture in Nigeria’s economy and the government’s commitment to achieving self-sustaining growth and improving the quality of life for all citizens. He noted that the interception and seizure of 7,029 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice aimed to discourage smuggling activities and impose financial losses on active smugglers.

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