The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has again intercepted truck conveying creates belonging to Nigerian Breweries concealed with smuggled bags of rice.
This arrest is coming one month after the unit intercepted 163 bags of rice concealed in creates of beer in a truck belonging the Nigerian Breweries,
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos on Wednesday, Mohammed Uba said the unit would investigate incessant use of Nigerian Breweries trucks for smuggling of rice into the country.
“We will be fair to the company, we will invite them to give their side of story. We cannot do investigation without listening to other party, we have to listen to other party for justice.
Continuing, Uba: “My advice and warning to individual and private organisation employing drivers and other workers using their mobility to convey their goods is that they should look at the credibility of such employees because they can dent the image of the company and slow down process of making their gains.”
In the same vein, the Unit said it intercepted nine trailers load of smuggled rice numbering about 5,516 bags and recovered N1.039 billion for the federal government.
The Unit also intercepted 30 exotic vehicles, 1068 cartons of frozen poultry products, 216 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 683 pieces of used tyres and sacks of Indian Hemp.
“Having deepened our anti- smuggling operations between April 10th to May 15 2018, we have intercepted various contrabands and other goods on detention with a duty paid value (DPV) of N1.10billion,” Uba added.
He further said that the unit also recovered N29million from under-payments making a cumulative of N1. 39billion within the weeks under review.
The seized items include: 30 Exotic vehicles including 7 Toyota Hilux (2018 models), 3 Toyota Prado Jeep (2017), 1 Range Rover, 1 Ford Edge (2015), 5,516 bags of foreign parboiled rice (9 trailers), 1,078 cartons of frozen poultry products, 216 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 173 bales of used clothing, 683 piece of used tyres, 8 sacks of Indian hemps weighing 134 kg among others.
Uba also said that two containers were seized for alleged false declarations and N25million recovered from the importers.
While reading riot act to smugglers, he assured that unit will continue to make this zone uncomfortable for smugglers to operate and urge every Nigerian to be patriotic and report any smuggling activities in their areas.