Abuja - The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) seized goods
valued at N1.6 billion, which entered into the country through illegal sources
in the first quarter of 2014.
This is contained in the service’s "Summary of Suppression of
Smuggling/Seizure Report” released on Thursday in Abuja.
The report said that the impounded goods included vehicles, motorcycles,
arms and ammunitions, rice and frozen poultry.
A breakdown of the seizure during the period showed that goods valued at
N662.7 million were seized in January, N495.6 million in February and N430
million in March.
A further breakdown showed that the number of vehicles seized within the
period was 404, motorcycles, 102; ammunitions, 31142, and 65 412 bags of 50
kilogramme of rice.
The report also revealed that the quantity of frozen poultry impounded and
destroyed was 38 442 while the number of other goods was 1320.
According to the report, the total number of containers involved in the
seizure was 32 while suspects involved were 62 persons.
It further showed that the total number of seizure made within the period
was 1 847; the cost of goods seized was N1.4 billion while duty was N222.9
A breakdown of the number of suspects nabbed in connection with the seizures
during the period showed that 22 persons were arrested in January, 15 persons
in February and 25 persons in March.
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