Joint Border Patrol Team Seizes 44 Bales of Second-hand Clothes inside Luxury Bus

The Sector 3 Joint Border Patrol Team covering North Central geo-political zone has seized 107 smuggled goods worth N139,707,500 in the zone.

The coordinator of the patrol team, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing newsmen during a press conference held at the Nigeria Customs Service headquarters in Ilorin.

The Coordinator Joint Border Patrol Team, Comptroller OluwaGbenga Peters while addressing newsmen on Wednesday at Customs Sector Headquarters, Ilorin

According to him, the 107 seizures include foreign parboiled rice, petrol, motorcycle, cartons of foreign tomatoes and second-hand clothing materials.

Comptroller Olugboyega Peters revealed that Customs operatives intercepted a Luxury bus popularly called Macapolo belonging to All Express International along the Abuja-Lokoja highway, conveying a total of 44 bales of acid second-hand clothing materials and 16 sacks of fairly used infectious shoes with a duty paid value of N3.6m.

He said 3,068 kegs of 25 litres each of petrol totalling 76,700 litres were intercepted in the attempt to smuggle them out of the country.

The Joint Border Patrol Team also tracked and arrested a trailer with registration number SRP 501 XA loaded with 550 foreign parboiled rice of 50 kg each along Mokwa-Jebba road with a duty paid value of N14.025m.

The Coordinator said another 2019 Lexus Jeep valued at N21m was intercepted around the Benue State axis of the sector while trying to evade Customs duty of N7.3m

Three other teenage immigrants between 16-18 years, were also arrested around the Babana axis of the sector coming from Benin, Edo State en route to Burkina Faso.

He said after a thorough investigation, it was discovered that the teenagers were being trafficked by a syndicate to Burkina Faso. They have been handed over to Immigration for further investigations.

The Coordinator commended the cooperation of traditional rulers, youths, transporters and community leaders among others for providing a peaceful environment for Customs operatives to carry out their statutory duties.

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