Ogun Customs Intercepts 3,041 bags of rice, 99 packs of cannabis

In front : CAC Idiroko Command, Comptroller Micheal Agbara & Officer of the Command behind.

Arrests 4 suspects

The Ogun State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said on Wednesday it has intercepted 3,041 bags of foreign rice allegedly smuggled into the country and 99 packs of cannabis within two weeks.

The Customs Area Controller( CAC ) of the Command, Comptroller Micheal Agbara told newsmen this in Idiroko Ogun State.

Agbara who was flanked by other officers at the Command, also disclosed that within the period under review, 295 kegs of smuggled vegetable oil, 221 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), 24 smuggled secondhand vehicles and 28 bags of sugar were also seized.

While still talking about the command’s breakthrough in the last two weeks, he added that three bales of secondhand clothes were also intercepted.

CAC said that four suspects were arrested in connection with the smuggling of various prohibited items, noting that one of them has been charged to court.

The newly Controller who assumed leadership at the Command on April 17, 2018 stated that the seizures were intercepted in its areas of coverage in Abeokuta and Idiroko axis.

He said that he had met with critical stakeholders in the state, also at the Republic of Benin towards stemming the tide of smuggling activities in the Command.
His words :
“I have met with critical stakeholders, including colleagues at the neighbouring Republic of Benin, Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, and all heads of the sister agencies at the Idiroko border.”

Comptroller said he had reduced the number of Customs checkpoints on the Sango-Idiroko Road, to facilitate trade for compliant traders.

He said,
“The operatives that were moved from the checkpoints have been deployed to the routes that the smugglers use.”

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