Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, says it has intercepted 10 trailers loads of parboiled rice and other
contraband with Duty Paid Value, DPV, at N1.62billion from March 9.
The Area Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone `A`, Comptroller Mohammed Garba, who made this
known yesterday in Lagos, said the unit also generated N166. 20 million from March 19 to April 9 from
duty payment and demand notices on general goods from seaports, airports and land border stations.
Garba said the command also intercepted contraband with DPV of N1.46billion between March 19 and
According to him, “The seized items include Indian hemp, cannabis sativa, 64 exotic vehicles, 6, 003 bags
of foreign parboiled rice, equivalent of 10 trailers loads, 963 cartons of frozen poultry products.”
He added that, “Others are: 431 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 163 bales of used clothing, 569 pieces of
used tyres, 69 bags of sugar and four containers, among others.
Garba said that the 570 parcels and 98 sacks of cannabis sativa weighing 1,550kg were intercepted on
the Olorunda axis of Ogun, following a tip off.
“These Indian hemp was the highest seizure of such hard drugs in the history of the command.
“Such a drug will have negative effects on consumers if it escapes to the public.
He said, “In the spirit of inter-agency relationship, the seized Indian hemp will be handed over to the
National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, for further investigation.”
According to him, the command evacuated 2, 671 bags of 50kg parboiled rice from nine storage houses
in Ilogbo, Abeokuta.
He said that the evacuation was done by the Lagos Roving Team, complemented by other teams of the
The controller said that there were mob attacks on customs operatives but the officers were not
deterred from performing their statutory responsibilities.
He said that the seized 64 vehicles, including Toyota Land Cruiser, 2018, 1 Escalades 2017 Cadillac, 2014
Range Rover and 2014 Toyota Highlander, had DPV of N258 million.
Garba said that the command intercepted three 40ft containers and one 20ft container classified
CSNU106087/4 containing 2, 260 cartons of Gonca Spagetti and 530 packages of Rifle Energy drinks.
He said that the goods were intercepted as a result of false declaration, adding that they were declared
as baking powder.
“A 40ft container No.PCUI865957/1 was seized for carrying 200 cartons of ladies shoes, 134 cartoons of
children shoes, among others.
“Another 40ft container No.FCIU80992/0 was seized for carrying 2,300 cartons of tiffany chocolate, 385
cartons of tiffany crunch cream biscuit as against tappet for pump.
“A total of 10 suspects were arrested in connection of these seizures,” Garba said.
The controller commended the support of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali rtd, and
his management team for providing adequate logistics for the command to succeed.
He also commended the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police for their support.
He pledged that the command would not relent in its efforts to bring down smugglers and improve