Marine Customs Command bursts smugglers’ game, impounds 2211 bags of rice, poultry products valued over N20 m

CAC Johnson Gabriel getting details of the seizures from his team
The seized bags of rice being loaded into a truck

The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday disclosed that it had impounded 2211 bags of rice, cooking oil and poultry products valued at N20.4 million.

The Acting Controller of the Command, Johnson Gabriel, at a briefing in Lagos, said the seizures were made in two separate operations by his team.

He disclosed that on Oct. 15 at the Badagry axis of Lagos State, they impounded 70 cartons of poultry products, 11 bags of rice and eight kegs of cooking oil valued at N567, 982.

He said the second operation took place at the Yekeme area of the state on Oct. 18, and recorded the seizure of 2200 bags of rice valued at N19, 893,060.

“The command made these seizures at two different operations around Badagry and Yekeme area of Lagos State, and the calculations show a duty paid value of over N20 million.

“The actual value of the first seizure is N541, 225 and the duty is N26, 757.50, giving a duty paid value of N567, 982.50.

“For the second seizure the rice is valued at N11,701,800 and a duty of N8,191,260, giving a duty paid value of N19, 893,060,” he said.

He attributed the success of the operation to the valued contributions of the Customs Intelligence Unit ((CIU), which he described as a vital part of their operations.

He said the operatives worked with the intelligence report they got and did not allow the rains of the late night to deter them when they set out for the operation.

“This massive seizure was made possible through the intelligence report from the CIU and I must say it took precise calculations because the smuggler wanted to take advantage of a rainy day.”

The controller however sounded a note of warning that smugglers would never have their way as the command was adopting new strategies to deal with the evil act of smuggling.

“We keep evolving our strategies to fighting smuggling and it remains zero tolerance for this act that is detrimental to our nation’s economy,” he said.