NCS Confiscates Over N400m Worth of Contraband Items in Imo


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operating Unit (FOU), Zone C, Owerri, says it has seized contraband items worth N442.5 million in the state.


Mr Kayode Olusemire, NSC Controller in Imo, revealed this information on Thursday, in Owerri, while displaying the items.


He listed the items which includes, 2,682 bags of foreign 50kg rice, 10,002 cartons of palmolein oil, 3,122 live ammunition for pump action rifles and 300 used and expired tyres.


Others were a Marcopolo bus, a Toyota Sequoia car, a Nissan Pathfinder car, a Toyota Sienna car, and a brewery truck, among others, used in conveying the smuggled items.


Olusemire said,


“Nigeria is blessed with arable land and in this farming season, we should be planting rather than smuggling. Let us eat what we produce and produce what we eat”.

“It is quite pathetic that at a time when the whole world is putting heads together to conquer a ravaging pandemic, some persons are busy smuggling goods”.

“This is inimical both to our economy and our safety”.

“These are trying times. So, we have to be patriotic and eschew selfishness, greed and dishonest gains”


He added that the NCS are working together with other security agencies in the fight against smuggling. He also called on members of the public to provide them with any information that would lead to the confiscation of more contraband items.

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