Nigeria Customs Seizes Cache of Ammunition Concealed in Garri, Alongside Contraband Goods

The Ogun Area I Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has made significant seizures, including 940 rounds of live ammunition hidden within sacks of cassava flakes, locally known as garri. Additionally, the command intercepted various illicit items, such as cannabis sativa, donkey skin, used clothes, and frozen poultry products, among others.

Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Ahmadu Shuaibu, revealed these developments during a briefing with journalists in Idiroko on Friday. He explained that the ammunition, concealed ingeniously in garri sacks, was smuggled into the country from the Republic of Benin. Despite a lengthy pursuit spanning over two weeks, the suspected smugglers managed to evade arrest, abandoning the seized items.

In addition to the ammunition, the command confiscated 123 sacks and 3,172 parcels of cannabis sativa, 380 pieces of donkey skin, 304 bales of used clothes, and 910 cartons of frozen poultry products. These interceptions, carried out through intelligence networks and 24-hour patrols, amounted to a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N557,120,828.00.

Comptroller Shuaibu emphasized the grave threat posed by smuggling activities to national security and urged Nigerians to support the Customs Service in combating the illicit trade of harmful substances and weapons. He commended his team for their dedication and warned smugglers that their illicit activities would not go unpunished.

Shuaibu vowed to continue uncovering smuggling attempts and assured that perpetrators would face legal consequences for their actions, reinforcing the commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service to safeguarding the nation’s security and economy.

 

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