The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’ of Nigeria Customs Service in Owerri has confiscated 12 illegally imported cars and contraband with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N240 million in the last one week.
The Unit Controller, Mr. Kayode Olusemire, disclosed this on Friday in Benin while taking journalists round the goods impounded along Benin axis.
The Controller stated that three suspects arrested in connection with the seized items are helping customs with information that could lead the service to arrest the main sponsors or owners of the goods.
Mr. Olusemire gave a breakdown of the confiscated items to include an Iveco Truck with a DPV of N4.05 million, carrying 633 bags of 50 kg foreign rice valued at N16.20 million, and concealed with cartons of Lucozade Boost and Ribena worth N1.82 million, all totalling N22.08 million.
Also impounded is another Iveco Truck with DPV of N4.05 million, with 1,680 crates of 33 beer worth N4.44 million, and 175 bags of 50kg foreign rice with DPV of N4.48 million, totalling N12.96 million.
The service also seized a Peugeot Boxer with DPV of N1.44 million, containing 131 sacks of Indian Hemp, valued at N4.13 million, Toyota Camry 2010 model with DPV of N5.14 million and a Volvo XC 90 worth N3.58 million.
Equally seized by the Customs is a Toyota Venza 2013 model valued at N12.91 million, Mercedes Benz GLK 350, and Mercedez Benz ML 350 with DPV of N12.95 million and N5.82 million, respectively and a Toyota Tundra valued at N13.37 million.
Others are Mercedes Benz ML 350 valued N20.90 million, Toyota Hil.
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