Customs Intercepts Eight Trailer Loads Of Foreign Parboiled Rice 

... Arrests 14 Suspects

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ has intercepted eight trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice and other items  on October 6, 2023.

Fourteen suspects have been apprehended in connection with various offenses, including violating import/export guidelines, concealment, undervaluation, wrong classification, smuggling, and contravening policy directives.

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IMG 20231006 WA0060The Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi disclosed this on Friday while taking journalists on inspection of the various items.

According to the CGC, “Agriculture, being the cornerstone of Nigeria’s economy, underscores the federal government’s commitment to achieving self-sustaining growth and enhancing the quality of life for all Nigerians.

IMG 20231006 WA0065“In alignment with this commitment and the spirit of patriotism, our dedicated officers executed a series of operations resulting in the interception and seizure of 7,029 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice. These decisive actions took place at various times and locations within the border corridors of the South-Western states.

“The objective was twofold: to discourage potential traders from engaging in smuggling activities and to inflict financial losses on active smugglers.

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Beyond the parboiled rice seizures, our operations yielded significant results in September, with the interception of various goods.

IMG 20231006 WA0062These include:
a. 35,100 liters of premium motor spirit (PMS)
b. 1,100 liters of diesel
c. 1 40-foot container carrying 360 bales of used clothes
d. 1 40-foot container containing 150 cartons of ladies’ handbags, 50 bales of nickers, and other falsely declared items
e. 1 20-foot container of unprocessed wood
f. 106 cartons of foreign frozen poultry
g. 55 pieces of used fridges
h. 110 pieces of used compressors
i. 148 cartons of foreign soap
j. 121 cartons of expired hair oil
k. 25 units of vehicles (Tokunbo)

IMG 20231006 WA0054The cumulative duty paid value of the intercepted goods amounts to an impressive One Billion, Seven Hundred and Fifty-five Million, Eighty Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety-eight Naira (1,755,080,898).

Furthermore, the Unit generated Seventy-two Million, Eight Hundred and Seven Thousand, Twenty-five Naira, Eleven Kobo (N72,807,025.11) in revenue through meticulous documentary checks and the issuance of demand notices on consignments that were found to have paid lesser amounts than the appropriate customs duty.

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Adeniyi urged Importers and licensed agents to make sincere declarations, adhere to existing import and export guidelines, and avoid the risk of losing their investments.

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Compliance is not only a legal obligation but also a strategic choice that ensures the smooth and efficient flow of goods across our borders.

Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600,

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