The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, said it has seized contrabands with Duty Paid Value of N10bn in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
This indication was given in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Unit, Peter Duniya,.
In the statement, the acting Customs Area Controller, Usman Yahaya, said the seizure was made along Ido-Eruwa Road in one day.
It read in parts, “The economic saboteurs met their waterloo when our operatives, acting based on credible information, made a single seizure at Ido-Eruwa Road in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“The contraband include 34 different brands of both new and used vehicles laden with banned items such as second-hand clothes, foreign parboiled rice and Indian hemp.”
It stated further that although there was stiff resistance from the smugglers who engaged the Customs operatives in a battle, the men displayed a high level of professionalism and restraint to secure the contraband to the Customs warehouse in Lagos.
“Our operatives were met with stiff resistance from a combination of smugglers, hoodlums and villagers. However, with the application of a high level of professionalism, the patrol teams were able to bring all the vehicles down to Lagos without any causality,” the statement said.