By CHIDI NKWOPARA and OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — FEW hours after the Oyo State Police Command arrested a man with 3,500 live cartridges, the Oyo/Osun Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service also impounded a vehicle loaded with 56,750 rounds of ammunition at Saki in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.
The Customs Area Controller, Mr Richard Oteri, said the vehicle conveying the ammunition was arrested along the Igboho road in Saki.
Disclosing that the contraband was concealed in bags packed with dried cassava tubers, he appealed to royal fathers and community leaders to sensitize their subjects on the dangers of smuggling especially in the light of serious security challenges in the country.
He said the command generated more than N4.5 billion in the first quarter of this year.
The breakdown showed thatN49,726,393 was made from revenue collected on vehicles between January and April this year.
Oteri further explained that 2,716 bags of rice, 28 fairly used assorted cars and SUVs, 2,500 cartons of frozen product, a lorry loaded with 700 cartons of foreign shoes, a bus loaded with textile materials and 521 used tyres concealed with 600 bags of animal feeds in a trailer were seized by his command.
Oteri later handed over the ammunition to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Oyo State Police Command, Musa Kimo.
Kimo, while receiving the ammunition said “we shall not relent in ensuring adequate security”
Customs impounds N5.9m contraband
Also the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone C of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, yesterday, intercepted a trailer loaded with 62 sacks of second hand clothings.
Showing newsmen round the seized items, Customs Area Controller, CAC, Mr. Victor David Dimka, explained that the vehicle was impounded at about 5.20 a.m along the ever busy Aba-Uyo federal highway.
“Sixty two bales of banned second hand clothes that were carefully concealed in a 10-tyre Mack tipping trailer, were early this morning (yesterday) impounded by our operatives,” Dimka said.