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Customs seize goods worth N1.6bn in first quarter

The Nigeria Customs Service seized goods valued at N1.6bn, which entered into the country through illegal sources in the first quarter of 2014.

This is contained in the service’s “Summary of Suppression of Smuggling/Seizure Report” made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

The report said that the impounded goods included vehicles, motorcycles, arms and ammunitions, rice and frozen poultry.

A breakdown of the seizure during the period showed that goods valued at N662.7m were seized in January, N495.6m in February and N430m in March.

A further breakdown showed that the number of vehicles seized within the period was 404, motorcycles, 102; arms, one; ammunitions, 31,142, and 65,412 bags of 50kg of rice.

The report also revealed that the quantity of frozen poultry impounded and destroyed was 38,442 while the number of other goods was 1320.

According to the report, the total number of containers involved in the seizure was 32 while suspects involved were 62 persons.

It further showed that the total number of seizure made within the period was 1,847; the cost of goods seized was N1.4bn while duty was N222.9m.

A breakdown of the number of suspects nabbed in connection with the seizures during the period showed that 22 persons were arrested in January, 15 persons in February and 25 persons in March.

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