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Ogun Customs impound 8,400 bags of rice in 3 months

NO fewer than 8,400 bags of rice has been seized from smugglers by the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Command between the months of September and November this year.
The Comptroller, Ogun State Command, Haruna Mamudu, on Wednesday said this at the Idi-Iroko border station of the command while briefing journalists about the command’s activities.
Mamudu said, “These smugglers don’t use big vehicles, they use small cars. They re-configure the cars to fit into use of their illicit trade. From one of the cars, we just offloaded 48 bags of smuggled rice.
“These boys, who work for some rice merchants, prefer to take illegal routes than to pay the necessary customs duties on the goods.”
The comptroller said the command had recently got a court judgement to confiscate 51 trucks of rice smuggled into the state.
He also showed journalists some of the seizures made by the command a few days ago, which included about 20 cars filled with bags of rice.
While talking about the seized cars, Mamudu warned those travelling to Republic of Benin to buy Tokunbo vehicles to endeavour to pay the necessary duties, saying if they are caught trying to circumvent the process by taking the bush paths, they would have themselves to blame.
“Apart from the vehicles used in conveying these bags of rice and frozen chickens, which will be lost to the Federal Government, any vehicle bought and being taken through the bush paths will be siezed. And if the owner abandons it in the bush and we pick it, and the owner shows up later that he wants to pay customs duties, we won’t accept that.”
Mamudu added that within the time under review, the command had generated N6.5bn, against the N5.4bn generated in 2013.
Saying  the command had also recorded 1,482 seizures between December 2013 and November 2014, with a duty paid value of N1.6bn.

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