The Federal Operations Unit, Zone “A” of the Nigeria Customs Service said it intercepted 3,792 kg of Indian Hemp worth N379.2 million along the Oyo/Osun border within the past four months.
FOU Zone A Customs Area Comptroller, Mohammed Aliyu, told newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos that the unit also intercepted contraband with a Duty Paid Value of N5.1 billion within the same period.
Aliyu said: “For the period under review, the breakdown of the seizures recorded with their appropriate Duty Paid Values from August 17 to December 10 accumulated to N5.1 billion.
“The seized items include: 24 unit of seized vehicles and 34 exotic vehicles worth N784,411,452 on detention; 39,664 bags of foreign parboiled rice (equivalent of 66 trailers) worth N525.6 miilion; 3,252 frozen poultry products; 2,887 jerry-cans of vegetable oil worth N31.1 million.
“Also, 3,792 parcels of Indian Hemp worth N379.2 million; 5x20ft containers of unprocessed wood worth N30 million; 2,520 bales of used clothing worth N30.2 million; 710 cartons of Tramadol worth N808 million among others.”
The FOU boss, however, commended the media for disseminating information on the dangers inherent in such dangerous importation.
Aliyu promised that the unit would continue to suppress smuggling, facilitate legitimate trade and protect the nation’s security.