Ogun Customs intercept ‘Dangote trucks’ loaded with smuggled rice.Adunni Adetola
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 Area Command, has impounded two long trucks suspected to be that of Dangote Cement Factory, Ibese, Ogun State.
The trucks were loaded with bags of smuggled foreign rice at the time they were intercepted.
According to reports, the trucks have Dangote Cement logo clearly inscribed on them.
One of the trucks has the registration number, ICT-17F-014, while the other was unmarked.
Addressing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Idiroko border, the Controller, Bamidele Makinde, said he could not confirm whether or not the trucks belong to Dangote Cement, saying most of owners of the trucks might be franchisees of the factory.
Between the month of May and June 27, it was stated that a total of 8,417 bag of rice, valued at N131,145,277, were seized by the NCS in Ogun.
He disclosed that the command generated a total sum of N12,818,181 from importation and auction sales of petrol intercepted at different locations and exit points to the Republic of Benin during its anti-smuggling operations.
Similarly, a truck load with about 320 cartons (23,400 pairs) of imported foot wears with an estimated duty paid value of N764,974,800, was intercepted by the command.