Customs officials in Ogun State intercepted 940 rounds of ammunition concealed within bags of garri

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The Ogun Area I Command of the Nigeria Customs Service made a stunning announcement on Friday, revealing the seizure of 940 rounds of live ammunition cunningly concealed within sacks of cassava flakes, popularly known as garri.

In addition to this significant find, the command intercepted a range of illicit goods, including 123 sacks and 3,172 parcels of cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp), 380 pieces of donkey skin, 304 bales of used clothes, and 910 cartons of frozen poultry products, among others. The total Duty Paid Value of these seizures amounted to a staggering N557,120,828.00.

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Speaking to journalists at the Idiroko area of the state, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Ahmadu Shuaibu, shed light on the operation. He disclosed that the command had been on the trail of the smuggled ammunition for over two weeks, tracing its origins from the Republic of Benin before intercepting it upon entry into Nigeria.

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Despite facing heightened surveillance from the smuggling cartel, the command’s vigilant operatives successfully seized the contraband. However, the suspected smugglers managed to evade arrest, abandoning the illicit items in their bid to escape.

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Shuaibu commended the dedication and patriotism of his men, emphasizing the grave threats posed by smuggling activities to national security and the economy. He called on well-meaning Nigerians to support the command’s efforts in combating the smuggling of harmful substances and weapons.

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Issuing a stern warning to recalcitrant smugglers, Shuaibu assured that their days of impunity were numbered. He vowed to continue uncovering their illegal activities and ensure they face the full consequences of the law.

The announcement serves as a testament to the relentless efforts of the Nigeria Customs Service in safeguarding the nation’s borders and protecting its citizens from the dangers posed by illicit trade and criminal activities.

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