The Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), Seme Area Command, has seized 22 exotic cars and 11 trailers loaded with foreign rice.
It also said seven suspects were arrested for different illegal activities in one month.
Mohammed Uba, Comptroller, Seme Area Controller, during a press conference with Journalists, took them round the places where the seized items were kept.
Uba also disclosed that 91 parcels of hard drugs were handed over to the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He said, “It would interest you to know that one of the suspects transferred to NDLEA was prosecuted and given two years prison sentence.
“As we look forward to a prosperous year, on behalf of our officers at Seme Command, we extend our unreserved appreciation to the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Ali Hameed and his Management Team for continuous support, as well as encouragement.
“Similarly, the intensified operation of the enforcement unit has drastically reduced smuggling activities to the barest minimum. The seizures made include 6,753 bags of foreign rice, which is equivalent to over 11 trailer trucks, with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N121,689,060 plus levy of N35,790,900, making a total of N157,479,960.
“Others include 45 jerrycans of vegetable oil (25litres each), 135 bags of sugar (50kg each), 71jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 21 cartons of tin-tomato, secondhand shoes and several others.” he said.
They said the Command has been very proactive in tackling illicit trade at the border.
The NDLEA officials gave this commendation at the command post, during the formal handing over of seized hard drugs to the agency. The anti-drug agency promised to carry out thorough investigation, in order to unravel the syndicate behind illegal smuggling of dangerous drugs into the country.
The seized drugs, which include 67 rolls by 10 packets, and 9 packs (225mg each) of tramadol, 56 rolls by 5 packets (200mg each) of tramadol and 43 parcels of Cannabis sativa, were handed over by the deputy comptroller, DC Enforcement of Seme Customs, DC Adhunse, in Lagos
Uba further said, “These drugs are dangerous to our citizens, especially the youths, who can easily be influenced by it. As such, illegal importation of such hard drugs to the country must be checked in all ramifications.”
He warned smugglers to desist from nefarious act.
“There is no hiding place for smugglers at Seme border. We have a duty to protect our economy from influx of harmful and prohibited items, and we must do that tirelessly.
“We will not hesitate to seize offensive items, arrest and prosecute smugglers, to serve as deterrent to others,” he added.