The Controller of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone C, Owerri, Olusemire Kayode, yesterday said the unit seized 563 bales of used cloths from smugglers.
Olusemire told newsmen in Owerri that 2,000 bags of foreign rice and used tyres were also seized by his unit.
The controller said his command also impounded 21 bags of cannabis, known as “Indian hemp” in a black Avalon car that usually plied Owerri/Onitsha road.
While displaying the items at the NCS, Enugu, he said: ”563 bales of fabrics, 2,000 bags of foreign rice, used tyres and soap all bearing an overall Duty paid value, DPV, of N65.13 million were also seized by the unit.
“Four hundred and thirty bags of foreign rice estimated at N8.64 million disguised as bags of cement in a heavy duty truck with used fridges were equally confiscated by my men.”
He warned that, “Smuggling of second-hand clothings had continued to stifle the growth of local industries including textile mills across the country.
“People should know that smuggling is not a decent vocation and that it has adverse effects on our economy. We are ready and prepared to deal with all those who have stubbornly refused to purge themselves of this because we are now better trained, equipped and mobilised to neutralise their antics.”