The Nigeria Customs Service says it has intercepted 1,245 rounds of live ammunition concealed in 203 bags of imported rice abandoned in a bush path in Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The Duty Paid Value of the seized ammunition and rice is Seventeen Million, Six Hundred and Thirty-Eight Thousand, One Hundred and Forty-Five naira (N17,638,145.00)
The Area Comptroller in the State, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde, who briefed newsmen on Monday, said the bags of rice were stored in the boot of five old vehicles, (Toyota Camry with Chassis No. 4TIBG22KIWU312145, Toyota Camry with Chassis No. 4TIXK1263NU108237 and three Mazda 626 cars with Chassis Nos.
JM2GD14H201568566,JMZGF14F201173029, and JMZGF14P20141862).
“During the examination of the seized vehicles and the item, about 1,245 rounds of 70mm (2¾”) live ammunition of Lion, Trust, Supreme, and Redstar branded cartridges were found to have been ingeniously concealed in 20 bags of the intercepted foreign rice,” he said.
He added that an investigation is ongoing to unravel the cartel responsible for the attempted smuggling of the items for arrest and prosecution.
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