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While keeping safe in line with Covid-19 pandemic, the strike force of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operating Unit (FOU), Zone C, Owerri, Imo State has confiscated contrabands worth N442.5m.
Displaying the seizures at Owerri on Thursday, 25 June 2020, the Controller, Mr Kayode Olusemire, listed the items to include 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 are Marcopolo bus, a Toyota Sienna, Toyota Sequoiar, Nissan Pathfinder and a brewery truck, among others, used in conveying the smuggled items.
Olusemire said that the items were intercepted in Abia, Imo and Rivers, adding that operational activities were carried out simultaneously in other states of the federation.
While describing the illicit activities of smugglers as “unfortunate,” Oluseimire averred that such economic and social sabotage remains inimical to the economy and safety of Nigeria.
The Controller, who advised the people to take advantage of the current farming season and Nigeria’s arable land to grow crops, further emphasised the need for patriotism, selflessness and character change amongst youths who indulge in smuggling crimes.
According to him, ”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,” Olusemire added, noting that the Zone was working in close synergy with other security agencies in the fight against smuggling and insecurity.
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