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Oyo/Osun Customs seize 853 bags of smuggled rice, 395 kegs of vegetable oil

THE anti-smuggling drive of the Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service got a boost in the last one
week, as a total of 853 50-kilogramme bags of imported rice and 395
25-litre jerry cans of vegetable oil were intercepted and seized.
The duty paid value of the smuggled rice was put at N14.6 million while that of the vegetable oil was N3.1 million.
This was made known to Metro by the Customs Area Controller, Emmanuel Udo-Aka, on Wednesday, at the command’s headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Speaking further, Udo-Aka, who resumed at the area command barely a month ago, said that a DAF truck loaded with some of the smuggled bags of rice was intercepted along Ife-Ibadan highway on May 15.
“Also, on May 20, two Mazda buses conveying smuggled foreign rice were also impounded along Oko-Ifon Road, Osun State.
“Just this morning (Wednesday, May 24), another four Mazda
buses carrying bags of smuggled rice as well as 25-litre jerry cans of
vegetable oil were intercepted along Iseyin-Oyo Road by our patrol
team. However, no suspect was arrested, as the drivers and conductors
abandoned their vehicles and took to their heels,” the Area Comptroller
added.
He said that the
Customs officials employed restraint and avoided chasing the smugglers
into the midst of innocent people to avoid casualties.
“The smugglers took advantage of the
recent mass deployment of officers and men in the Customs to indulge in
their unwholesome activities, with the belief that we will be caught
off-guard, but we were still able to put some checks and balances.
“We
will continue to reiterate our stand of zero tolerance for revenue
leakage and reduction of smuggling to the barest minimum, particularly
by bringing saboteurs to book to face the long arm of the law,” Mr
Udo-Aka said.
Saying that no country of the
world had been able to stop smuggling, Udo-Aka said “we will continue
to fight them and reduce their activities to the barest minimum with the
help and support of all.
“The
Customs boss, while urging Nigerians to respect the laws of the land,
said, “we are not out to destroy people’s businesses, but to implement
government policies, and we all know that the government is doing everything to encourage the cultivation of rice in the country.”
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