The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun 1 Area Command, on Tuesday said it seized two trucks belonging to the Dangote Group loaded with 303 smuggled bags of rice in different parts of the state.
The command added that it seized 3154 bags of foreign rice, saying it collected over N13 million from import duties and auction sales of petroleum products in August.
The controller of the NCS in the state, Bamidele Makinde, said this at a press conference in the Idi-Iroko area of the state.
Makinde said the cumulative value of all seizures in August was over N300 million.
He said, “A truck with Lagos State registration number. EKY 971 YE, belonging to the Dangote group of companies and loaded with 75 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, concealing 900 bags of Dangote cement, was intercepted on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at Ibeshe, Yewa-North Local Government Area, Ogun State.
“Another Dangote truck with Kano State registration number. BCG 531 XA, loaded with 288 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, concealed with some bags of Dangote cement, was detected at Lafenwa, Abeokuta axis, Ogun State on August 23, 2022.
He said, “During the period under review, the command generated a total sum of thirteen million eight hundred and forty eight thousand three hundred and seventy naira, nil kobos (N13,848,370.00) only from imported customs and auction sales of petroleum products intercepted during the anti-smuggling operations.
“The cumulative value of all the seizures amounted to N311,924,551.92.”
Makinde urged Nigerians to cooperate with the NCS and conduct legal business.
The Comptroller assured the legal businessmen that the command would do everything possible to facilitate trade.