Nigerian Customs seize 8 luxury cars, tires, tramadol, foreign rice, etc., worth over N529 million. From January 1 to February 28.
Exotic cars without relevant customs documents include 3 Toyota Hilux, 1 Prado, 1 Highlander and a Venza.
2,239 scrap tires worth N4.5 million were also intercepted by customs officers.
36,000 liters of contraband petroleum products, concealed in polythene bags, worth N3.6 million were also intercepted.
The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Area ‘C’ intercepted unregistered pharmaceuticals including tramadol and other contraband goods with a duty paid value of 529,056,456 million naira between January 1 and February 28, 2022.
This was revealed in a press release signed by DSC Unit Public Relations Manager Jerry Attah.
FOU ‘C’ Comptroller Ali Ibrahim, when presenting the items seized in Owerri on Thursday, said six suspects had been arrested during the reporting period, adding that they had been granted administrative bail.
He also said that 640 cartons of unregistered pharmaceuticals worth N192 million, transported in a DAF heavy truck and a J5 transit bus were intercepted along the Okada/Benin axis.
According to him, 1,650 bales of used clothes worth N165 million were intercepted along the Umuikaa/Aba road while 181 50 kg bags of foreign parboiled rice worth over N7.2 million naira were intercepted along the Akwa-Ibom/Calabar axis.
2,239 waste tires worth 4.5 million naira and 36,000 liters of smuggled petroleum products concealed in polythene bags worth 3.6 million naira were also intercepted.
Other seizures include eight (8) exotic vehicles without relevant customs documents including three Toyota Hilux models from 2017, 2020 and 2021; a 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado model; a 2014 Toyota Highlander model and a 2016 Toyota Venza model among others.
While commending the Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd) and his management team for their unwavering support and motivation, he sympathized with the families and loved ones of the four officers who died in service.
According to Ibrahim, the Service works in synergy with other security agencies to ensure the continued safety of its officers and men.
He, however, called on traditional and religious leaders and other well-meaning Nigerians to advise their followers to refrain from attacking security personnel, in the interests of peace and progress.