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Customs intercept Dangote trucks loaded with smuggled rice


By Omenihu Alfred fibmn

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area Command, has impounded two long trucks suspected to be that of Dangote Cement Factory, Ibese, Ogun State loaded with bags of smuggled foreign rice.

One of the trucks has the registration number, ICT-17F-014, while the other was unmarked.

Talking to journalists at the command’s headquarters in Idiroko border, the Controller, Bamidele Makinde, said he could not confirm whether or not the trucks belong to Dangote Cement, saying most of owners of the trucks might be franchisees of the factory.

Makinde said that each of the two trucks were conveying 882 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice along Abeokuta axis when his officers stopped them.

Between the month of May and June 27, it was stated that a total of 8,417 bag of rice, valued at N131,145,277, were seized by the NCS in Ogun.

He disclosed that the command generated a total sum of N12,818,181 from importation and auction sales of petrol intercepted at different locations and exit points to the Republic of Benin during its anti-smuggling operations.

Similarly, a truck load with about 320 cartons (23,400 pairs) of imported foot wears with an estimated duty paid value of N764,974,800, was intercepted by the command.

Also, a tanker containing 45,000 litres of adulterated diesel was also impounded from a suspected bunker.

It was said that illicit drugs and narcotics worth N221,820,820 were intercepted by the command.

“The cumulative estimated Duty Paid Value (DPV) of all the seizures between the month of May and June, 2022 amounts to One Billion, Two Hundred and Ninety Million, One Hundred and Eight Thousand, Six Hundred and Eight Naira, Zero Kobo only (N1,290,108,608.00),” Makinde said