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Ogun State Customs Service Confiscates N81m Contraband Rice, Poultry

The  Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Command, yesterday said it has intercepted 9,871 bags of rice from suspected smugglers between last December and January, this year.

Mr. Mamudu Haruna, the Command Area Comptroller, who disclosed this at Idiroko, while addressing a press conference, said the Duty Payable Value of the contraband rice was worth N59.2million.  He added that the agency also seized 5,431 cartons of poultry products with Duty Payable Value of N21.7 million within the same period.

Bemoaning the rate of rice smuggling he said:“Rice is not banned but rice is banned when it comes into the country through unapproved routes. The border stations is unapproved routes for rice, but you can make other importations. It is a federal government policy, it is not Customs’ policy. We are only here to enforce the law, but these are the enemies of the law.

“Buying rice is not prohibited, it is allowed but go through the port where you’ll have to pay your tax to government. You are not paying the duty to Customs’ pocket, but government.

“You can see some of the motorcycles carrying four bags and some five bags of rice. So, you can imagine these motorcycles in hundreds going across the border and carrying these quantities of bags of rice. By the time they make two or three trips, they would have carried about three trailer loads of rice.”

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