Customs in Owerri seizes 3,122 live ammunition, contraband worth over N442.5million
* Intercepts passengers’ vehicle with 236 bags of rice in baggage compartments.
By Udeme Clement :
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘C’, Owerri, has intercepted 3,122 live ammunition cartridges for pump action rifles through intelligence.
The Unit also seized prohibited items with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of more than N442, 473,000 (approximately N442.5million).
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Unit, Comptroller Olusemire Kayode, disclosed this in Owerri during a press conference.
He revealed that the 3,122 pieces of live ammunition cartridges for pump action rifles worth over N1,873,000.
The CAC explained that the seizures recorded by his team covers a period of March to June, 2020.
His words; “The pandemic has not deterred smugglers, who still persist in their nefarious trade, to the detriment of the nation’s economy.”
Comptroller kayode, who has mastered the techniques of chasing smugglers on the hinter-land, unveiled massive seizures made by his Unit in Abia, Imo and Rivers States.
The seizures were deposited in government warehouse in Owerri.
According to him, “The Unit has other seizures made across the Zone deposited in government warehouses in Enugu, Benin and Calabar.
Some of the seizures include; 10,002 cartons of palmolein oil with duty paid value of N202,400,480;
• 300 pieces of used tyres worth N6,120,000;
• 186 jumbo bales of second hand clothes worth N33,480,000;
• 2,182 Bags of 50kg foreign rice with DPV of N54,550,000;
20 packs of 200mg Tramadol worth N600,000.
The Unit also seized a passenger vehicle with 236 bags of rice hidden in all its baggage compartments.
He said, “We do not know why someone will go and smuggle rice around this time, ammunition, used tyres, even vegetable oil that is available everywhere in Nigeria.”