Strike Force team of operatives of the Zone B, Controller General of Customs, CGC, has seized a consignment of smuggled foreign per boiled rice numbering 500 destined for the Nigeria markets in Kwara state.
The team with operational jurisdiction in the Kaduna/ Kwara axis ambushed the smugglers along the Jekunu-Malete-Bani axis of Kwara, explained Oseni Aliyu Olorukooba, Deputy Comptroller of Customs.
According to him, the team intercepted intelligence at the wee hours of 19, April on the movement of the smugglers into the country.
” A team of officers were quickly dispatched to the area. Two Toyota Cantet with registration, KCH 176 XA, and another were intercepted.
According to Olorukooba, on sighting the officers, the drivers to the two Canter trucks abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene.
“After a short period, the driver mobilized a large mob of organized smugglers and errant youths armed with sticks, stones and locally made weapons, to attacked the operatives but we immediately called for reinforcement from FOU, Customs Police, Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) and Kwara Area Command before we could evacuate and maneuver our way out,” he narrated.
After physical examination, as gathered, a total of Five Hundred and Thirteen (513) bags of foreign par boiled Rice with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Twenty Two Million Five Hundred and Eighty one Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N22, 581,500) were discovered.
According to the Customs, this breakthrough was made possible by resilience, commitment and dedication of Officers.
“I want to appreciate the support of the Comptroller General of Customs and his Management Team for their tireless support through effective supervision and provision of necessary logistics. I want to specifically appreciate the efforts of Kwara Area Command, FOU, JBPT and Customs Police for their supports,” Olorukooba said.