The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘C’ Owerri, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 3,122 rounds of ammunition.
The ammunition and other contraband items confiscated since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown came to a total Duty Paid Value of N442,473,000 million.
Controller of the NCS, FOU Zone C, Mr Kayode Olusemire made the disclosure while displaying the seized items at the zonal office in Owerri on Thursday.
The service intercepted and seized 2,682 bags of 50kg foreign rice as well as six truck-load of vegetable oil containing over 10,000 cartons, imported from Malaysia, all amounting to a Duty Paid Value of N442,473,000.
Olusemire told journalists that the 3,122 rounds of live ammunition were intercepted along Elele-Port Harcourt Road, adding that the ammunition was way-billed from Onitsha in Anambra State through a courier transport.
Olusemire stated that the items contravened Schedule 4 Absolute Import Prohibition List item 17 of the Common External Tariffs and Section 46 of the Customs and Excise Management Act Cap C45 LFN 2004.
The Comptroller said that other items seized by his men between the months of April and June this year, included 2,682 bags 50 kg foreign rice concealed with various items at various points in Imo, Abia and Rivers states.
The Controller also told newsmen that a Marcopolo luxury bus belonging to Izu Chukwu Pruction Associates laden with 236 smuggled bags of foreign screen was impounded around 2am.
The bus was screened off in the guise that it was conveying passengers.
Also impounded was a brewery truck which was stacked full with 440 bags of rice concealed with empty crates of beer.