Customs impound 7 vehicles, 396 bags of rice in Seme during EndSARS protest

Customs impound 7 vehicles, 396 bags of rice in Seme during EndSARS protest

The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it intercepted seven fairly-used vehicles, 396 bags of imported rice and 152 jerry cans of petrol during the EndSARS protest.


The command’s spokesman, Abdullahi Hussaini, said in a statement on Thursday that the seizures were made along Seme-Badagry expressway between Oct. 12 and Oct. 27.


Hussaini said that a total of 561 items were seized within two weeks of the protest, adding that the command’s anti-smuggling operation was fully on ground during the EndSARS protests.


“They are 396 bags of 50kg. foreign rice, 152 x 25 Jerry cans of petrol, six 25-litre containers of vegetable oil and seven units of smuggled vehicles.


“The seized items have a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth millions of naira,” he said.


The customs spokesman described as “untrue” a media report that smugglers had a field day along Mile 2-Seme border road during the protest.


“The story alleged that officers of NCS, Seme Area Command, and other security agencies vacated Seme-Badagry road for fear of being attacked by hoodlums and #EndSARS protesters; thereby, creating free access for smugglers to perpetrate their unpatriotic acts.


“This is untrue, as our anti-smuggling officers and other security operatives were fully on ground during this period,” he said.


Hussaini appealed to members of the public to disregard the publication which “was built based on fallacy.


“This story may affect the morale of officers who, during day and night, risk their lives to protect our borders.


“To this end, the command will continue to enforce Federal Government’s fiscal policies, while providing professional and quality service that will enhance development of the country at large,” he said.

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