The Seme Area command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepted and destroyed 2800 bags of smuggled expired foreign parboiled rice.
The expired rice which was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller of the command, Compt. Mohammed Aliyu in a press release made available to joirnalists by the Public Relations Officer, Taupyen Selchang worth N49million were smuggled from neighbouring countries.
The statement read, “The CAC stated that the Command seized over 600 bags of 50kg parboiled rice with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N10 million on the 26th March, 2018 after destroying a total of over 2800 bags of 50kg expired rice the same day with a total DPV of N49million.
“Another seized truck with Reg. No XE-634-MUS disguised to be empty was arrested based on intelligence and discovered to be carrying about 1514 cartons of imported Tin-tomato with a DPV of N8.2million on the 24th March 2018.”
The CAC also re-stated his commitment in combating and confronting smuggling head long that has assume a threatening dimension to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
The Comptroller while taking stocks of seizures made daily by the command disclosed that he remained undaunted to accusations from different quarters that are ignorant or not knowledgeable about customs laws.
He also stated that contraband contraband would. Not be allowed to be smuggled in any guise into tjg country.
He also assured genuine stakeholders that they have no course to fear unless the non-compliant ones that have skeleton in their cupboard.
The Customs Area Controller warned that seizure will continue to be the hall mark of the command and his enforcement officers will continue to do the needful against the unrepentant smugglers.
However, the customs helmsman stressed that all his achievements is attributed to the mutual consultation and cooperation with the host communities who do share intelligence with the Command, and the cooperation of the sister security agencies who synergize and collaborate with the Nigeria Customs Service for effective border management.
He disabused the mind of the public who are quick to mention Seme border to any incident of smuggling seen along Lagos metropolis. He categorically stated that any smugglers who previously before now operate through Seme route will definitely affirm that change has come to Seme.
Doing the right thing is what is obtainable in Seme border now even to legitimate stakeholders who are ready to use the busy Lagos Abidjan corridor.