There is no way Nigerians won’t find a way to sneak in banned goods into
The Oyo/Osun Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that
a Bullion Van concealing imported smuggled rice has been intercepted.
The Area Controller, Mr Tolulope Ogunkua, told newsmen in Ibadan on
Tuesday, November 15, that the vehicle was intercepted in the Saki
axis of Oyo state, Punch reports.
Ogunkua said that the arrests made would serve as a deterrent to
recalcitrant saboteurs of the Nigeria economy.
Furthermore, the controller explained that he found it worrisome that
some Nigerians have remained unrepentant despite the many losses they
have suffered following seizures of these items but that the command
remains unshaken in its determination to deal with them.
Punch reports that two persons were arrested with the bullion van and
has been in their custody, to be charged to court soon.
Ogunkua added that the command had been trailing that particular
bullion van which usually moved in the company of police escorts.
According to him, the command’s surveillance tea exchanged gunfire
with the suspects before they were finally subdued.
“You will recall that I had reiterated our resolve to increase the
revenue profile of the command and to tirelessly reduce the incidence
“In keeping to this promise, the command initiated new anti-smuggling
strategies which led to remarkable exploits evidenced in the situation
on display today.”
In a similar occurrence, soldiers and customs officers » clashed at
the Arena Market, Oshodi, in Lagos, during an attempt to seize six
containers filled with contraband goods.