The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja of the Nigerian Customs Service seized smuggled goods valued at about N6.9 million and arrested five suspects in March.

Acting Controller of the zone, DCG Kehinde Ejibunu made the declaration on Tuesday in Ikeja when he spoke with newsmen.

He said goods seized in March were 2,628 (50kg) bags of rice, 1,413 (25 litres) kegs of fuel, 58 kegs of vegetable oil and 883 bales of used clothing.

Other items seized were eight used cars, 279 cartons of frozen poultry products, 105 parcels (50gms) of substances suspected to be Indian hemp, four used motorcycles and nine bags of used shoes.

Ejibunu said the zone also collected N72.6 million as fees on interception of container, transfer of values, face value, wrong classification and wrong declarations.

Ejibunu noted that two members of a syndicate who specialized in forging Customs documents to smuggle vehicles from Benin Republic into Nigeria were arrested.

He said the unit incepted a car in which the suspects were travelling and found documents being prepared for the smuggling of about 6,000 vehicles into Nigeria.

Ten motorcycles carrying five 50kg bags of rice each were among the seized items exhibited before newsmen at the briefing. (NAN)


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