The Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted six vehicles loaded with 500 bags of 50 kilogrammes foreign rice with Duty Paid Valued (DPV) at N22,329,000.
The NCS Area Comptroller, Controller Adamu Abdulkadir, disclosed this on Thursday while briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the command had on Feb.4 showcased seized 3,052 foreign bags of rice and other contrabands.
Abdulkadir said that the 500 bags of foreign rice were intercepted by the officers of the command on Wednesday night between the border of Oyo and Kwara States.
Abdulkadir said that the DPV of the vehicles used in the conveyance of the seized smuggled rice stands at N7,138,665.
“We apprehended six vehicles laden with 500 bags of foreign rice with Duty Paid Value at N22,329,000 and six vehicles with DPV N7,138,665.
“My advice to the good people of Oyo State is to invest wisely in legitimate businesses to avoid loss of their hard earned money.
“The government has set up various empowerment and career development programmes to help encourage the youths and MSMES, it would be better to key into one or more of such programmes,” he said.
Abdulkadir said that farming was another source of self-sufficiency and one of the cardinal programme of President Muhammadu Buhari which the youths can venture into.
“The Nigeria Customs Service discourages the bad elements in our host communities from all acts of sharp practices as these activities have negative effect in the economy, health and daily livelihood of the citizens,” he said.