The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone A Ikeja, has said it intercepted imported used cars (tokunbo), bags of foreign parboiled rice, and other contrabands worth N1.8bn.
The acting Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, said this on Friday while showcasing some of the seized goods to journalists at the unit in Lagos.
According to Adeniyi, the seizures took place at various times and locations within the border corridors of the South-Western States.
He said, “Other items seized 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, one 20-foot container of unprocessed wood.
“Also included are 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).’’
He added that the unit generated N73m in revenue through documentary checks and the issuance of demand notices on those who paid below the duty.
According to Adeniyi, agriculture, being the cornerstone of Nigeria’s economy, showed the Federal Government’s commitment to achieving self-sustaining growth and enhancing the quality of life for all Nigerians.
“In alignment with this commitment and the spirit of patriotism, our dedicated officers executed a series of operations resulting in the interception and seizure of 7,029 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice. The objective of this action is twofold, to discourage potential traders from engaging in smuggling activities and to inflict financial losses on active smugglers,’’ he explained.