The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Tin Can Island Command, seized 54 containers loaded with contraband, including expired rice and banned drugs.
Comptroller General Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali, who briefed reporters at the Tin Can Island Customs Inspection Camp, said the seized items included 33 containers of expired rice, a container of rice concealed with spare parts , 11 unregistered pharmaceutical containers, two used tire containers, a used clothing container and four containers of refined vegetable oil in retail packaging.
The value of the seizure was fixed at 2,713 billion naira and was packed in 50-kg bags bearing the labels of the Nigerian companies. Some include Master Rice Bags labeled 31A Remi Fani Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja and labeled Masters Energy Commodities Trading Limited. The cargo "Jasmine Rice" bore the inscription "Packaged for Yumfei International Trading Company Limited", with an address such as 103 Ebittu Ukiwe Street, Jabi, Abuja.
The Comptroller General of Customs said that it was planned to arrest the persons listed in the various consignments. He added that the closure of land borders meant that all goods destined for the Nigerian market were transported by seaports.
"An important thing about this seizure is that all the rice has expired or is about to expire. It is also worth noting the seizure of variants and unregistered drugs that improve the performance of pharmacists.
"Without a doubt, those who imported these dangerous items do not wish us the best. Imagine if they were able to introduce the expired rice, put it in a bag and change the expiry date so that Nigerians consume it.
"Realizing that there may be a violent reaction to the closure of the land borders, I have ordered all seaports and airports to strengthen their surveillance and to intercept all illegal and prohibited shipments for which smuggling could be attempted by these means. Entry points This decision was taken as these shipments may have been paid and importers will find ways to ensure that they are delivered to their warehouses in Nigeria, "said Ali.