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Nigerian Customs makes huge haul of contraband in ogun

Nigerian Customs operatives have seized 14 truckload of smuggled rice valued at 1.2 billion naira in Ogun state between May and June this year.

The trucks, including two belonging to Dangote group were intercepted in Abeokuta metropolis with 882 bags of smuggled rice within the one month period.

Also intercepted were 45,000 litres of adulterated diesel in a truck along Sagamu-Ijebu Ode expressway.

Others are 23,400 pairs of footwear and 239 cartons of tomato paste.

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Comptroller of the Nigerian customs area one command of customs, Idiroko, Bamidele Makinde announced this while conducting newsmen round the seized contraband.

According to him, the scope of the seizure within a month is uncommon.

Also seized during the period were illicit drugs, including a carton containing 1,100 packets of Tramadol, 168 packets of 500 milligrammes tablet of co-codamol codeine valued at 221.8 million naira.

He lamented the high level of smuggling into Ogun state between may and June, attributing it partly to the forthcoming Eid El Kabir.

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