The Nigeria Customs Service joint borders drill for the North Central zone, has seized contraband goods worth N1.2bn.
The Coordinator of the operations of the joint borders comprising Kwara, Niger, Kogi, and Benue states, Muhammed Uba, also revealed that 53 suspects were arrested between May and June this year.
Mr. Uba addressed newsmen on the activities of the team in Ilorin, Kwara state capital, on Wednesday. He said the sector within the period recorded a total of 225 seizures which included 17,490 bags of foreign rice, 310 kegs of vegetable oil, and one locally made pistol among others.
According to him, the seizures also included “944 drums of AGO, 3,676 jerry cans of petroleum products of 25 litres, 355 bundles of textile materials, and 28 bags of foreign fertilizer. The team raided two warehouses in Ilorin where about 674 bags of foreign rice were discovered.
Uba added, ” last month, the team also intercepted two Mitsubishi Canter laden with 54 drums of smuggled petrol with a duty paid value of N1.9m with two suspects in Niger state.”
According to him, the team has stepped up measures to combat the influx of smuggled rice and other prohibited items into the country.
He then urged Customs officers to always observe safety protocol to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.