Customs Intercepts 5,200 Live Ammunition – Controller

The Nigerian Custom had seized 5200 live ammunition, 1,215 bags of foreign rice and a bullet proof Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep between November and December, 2020.

Yusuff Lawal, Controller, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C’ Owerri on Thursday displayed the seized goods while addressing the journalists.

Lawal stated that the items were seized between November 23 and December 27, 2020.

According to him,  the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the live ammunition was N3 million, while the DPV of the foreign rice was N36 million.

“The DPV of the bulletproof Land Cruiser and the other three vehicles seized during the period was N221 million while the 38 ‘Jumbo Bales’ known as used clothes worth N3 million were also intercepted during the period under review.”

On general merchandise, the controller said 204 foreign tin tomatoes, pharmaceutical products and others worth N115 million were intercepted.

He further disclosed that N7 million was recovered from a Demand Notice (DN) on 3X40ft containers which, he said, was as a result of wrong declaration and transfer of value.

“The live ammunition was intercepted along Nwezenyi Ikom road in Cross River, while the 1,215 bags of rice were intercepted on Okada road in Edo and the tomatoes and pharmaceuticals were intercepted along Onitsha Enugu expressway,” Lawal said.

He noted that the total amount of DPV and DN of the seizures made during the period was N386 million.

Lawal said the activities of smugglers were great sabotage to the Nigerian economy.

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