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Seme Customs Intercepts N778m Smuggled Rice In 47 Trucks

Smuggled Rice

The Seme Area command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) yesterday said it seized 47 trailers load of foreign parboiled rice smuggled into the country in 2019. In a press statement by the command’s public relations officer, Husaini Abdulahi, the Customs Area controller of Seme, Compt. Muhammed Uba said the seized rice which is equivalent of 28,180 bags of rice is worth N778 million. According to the statement, the command made a total seizure of N1.6 billion which include vehicles, used clothing, textiles and Vegetable oil.

Compt Uba said that within the period of the 11 months reviewed, the command’s anti-smuggling operations yielded a total of 1,302 seizures with the duty paid value (DPV) of N1.6 billion.

“These seizures include the following: 28,180x50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice, equivalent to 47 trailers load with DPV plus levy of N778 million; Sugar 140x50kg with DPV N588,000; 62 used vehicles and means of conveyance  worth N220 million.

“Others are 1,100 bales of used clothing and 101 sacks of used clothing worth N70 million; 185 sacks of shoes, bags, belt, slippers both new and used worth N28 billion. The command also intercepted smuggled textile materials worth N11 million and frozen poultry worth N49 million; “1,539 bales of 6yrd, 30bales of 7yards, 16bales of 6yards textile materials and wrappers worth  N11 million, 5,489 cartons of frozen poultry products worth N49 million, 397 kegs of 25litres of vegetable oil, 9 kegs of 10litres and 37 kegs of 5litres of vegetable oil worth  N139 million and 2,109 kegs of 25litres of premium motor spirit (PMS) worth N8 million.

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