Customs Strike Force uncovers antics of rice concealment in car tyres by smugglers

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  • Rakes in N1bn from import duty under-payment

(Report by Udeme Clement):

The Coordinator, Strike Force Unit of Nigera Customs Service (NCS), Zone ‘A’, DC Ahmadu Shuaibu and his enforcement officers have uncovered the antics of concealing foreign rice and other prohibited items in used-tyres and compartments of vehicles by smugglers.

DC Shuaibu displayed the seized items before Journalists in Lagos.

The Strike Force officers with their eagle-eye displayed extraordinary Intelligence and doggedness in exposing the criminal activities of smugglers in Zone ‘A’.

Most commendable is the ability of DC Shuaibu and his men to uncover the rice concealed in car tyres by illicit traders. Ordinarily, anyone seeing those used-tyres of vehicles will never imagine that bags of rice are concealed in them, even as other prohibited items are covered in various compartments of the vehicles and underneath the engine parts.

In fact, looking critically at the seized items, it is so shocking to see the way smugglers concealed the rice in such unhealthy manner, notwithstanding the health hazards it poses to the consumers. For instance, the rice was also concealed in dashboards; the
bonnets; booths; under the seats and other parts of the vehicles

That was not all. Aside from anti-smuggling feats, the Strike Force team recorded huge revenue collection of over N1billion in the first quarter of 2021 economic year.
The revenue was discovered from import duty under-payment on trade goods.

In his remarks, the Customs National Public Relations Officer, DC Joseph Attah, explained that the rice given to Internally Displaced Persons is often tested by NAFDAC and certified suitable for consumption and not among the bags concealed in used-tyres.

Below are pictures taken during the press conference :

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