The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘A’ said the unit has intercepted a cache of arms and ammunition, machetes, and expired drugs smuggled into the country from Benin Republic.
Confirming the development to journalists, the Acting Area Controller of the unit, Hussein Ejibunu, said the weapons were intercepted at Igbo-Ora in Oyo State.
Adding that the unit also intercepted 621 cartons of smuggled expired drugs, 1,260 pieces of cutlass, and 856 jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) at the point of being smuggled out of the country.
Ejibunu also disclosed that operatives of the unit at Iseyin intercepted a vehicle with bags of smuggled rice concealed with cassava flour. He however said the smugglers abandoned their vehicles and fled into the bush.
“When the search was carried out on the vehicle, it was discovered that 752 pieces of AAA cartridges (70mm) of live ammunition were carefully concealed with Cassava flour.
“Here is the list of 28 seizures made in the last three weeks which include 8,000 bags of smuggled rice of 50kg, 1,419 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 1,301 bales and 128 sacks of secondhand clothing, 233 bundles of the wrapper, 621 cartons of expired medicaments, 635 cartons of wine, and 1,046 pieces of used tyres.
“Others are 21 cartons of cutlasses at 60 pieces each, 531 pieces of the used compressor, 986 cartons of chocolate biscuit, 229 wraps (114.5kg) of Cannabis sativa (Indian hemp) 856 jerrycan of PMS at 25 litres each, 1,516 cartons of frozen poultry products, 751 pieces of AAA cartridges (70MM) of live ammunition 18 units of motorcycles and inclusive of 80 means of conveyance. All with a duty paid value (DPV) of N 723,288,244.75.”
The Acting Area Controller said the contraband were intercepted at different flashpoints in the zone including lseyin, lgboora, lgbeti in Oyo State and Agbara, Ado-Odo, ldogo, Sokoto-ljoun, Ohunbe, llaro, Atan, Abeokuta/Sagamu interchange, ijebu-Ode in Ogun State.