Customs intercepts 1,245 live ammunition worth N17M hidden in bags of rice

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The Nigeria Customs Service said it intercepted 203 bags of imported rice, five vehicles, and 1,245 rounds of live ammunition worth N17 million abandoned in a bush path in the Yewa-North LGA of Ogun State.

The state’s Area Comptroller, Bamidele Makinde, disclosed this to newsmen in Abeokuta on Monday, August 14, 2023.

During the examination of the seized vehicles and the item, about 1,245 rounds of 70mm (2¾”) live amm¥nition of Lion, Trust, Supreme and Redstar branded cartridges were found to have been ingeniously concealed in 20 bags of the intercepted foreign rice.

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The Duty Paid Value of the seized ammunition and rice is N17,638,145.00 The items have been deposited for safekeeping, pending further necessary action.

Investigation is ongoing to unravel the cartel responsible for the attempted smuggling of the items for arrest and prosecution,” Bamidele said.


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