The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit “Zone C” Owerri has seized goods with the duty paid value of over four hundred million Naira smuggled into the country between January and March this year.
The goods include two thousand nine hundred bags of rice concealed in four trucks two of which were conveying bags of cement, ten exotic vehicles and a truck loaded with imported furniture.
Briefing newsmen at the Customs office in Benin, The Comptroller in charge of the zone Mr. Kayode Olusemire said the goods which were smuggled into the country were intercepted by his men on patrol along Lagos- Benin and Benin-Onitsha expressways.
He explained that while the furniture was intercepted for false declaration of content at the port just to shortchange the government, the vehicles were seized due to nonpayment of customs duties.
Mr. Olusemire warned those he described as economic saboteurs to desist from smuggling as the Service was determined to get them out of business.
He said six suspects were arrested in connection with the incidents while efforts were on to apprehend others still at large.
Mr. Olusemire expressed worry over the increasing rate of smuggling stating that the Benin Command of the Service has seized items amounting to billions of Naira.
The seized exotic vehicles include a Rolls Royce with duty paid value of eighty seven million Naira, bullet proof Range Rover attracting duty of over sixty million Naira and other sports utility vehicles.