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Smugglers Devise New Ways To Beat Customs

The Coordinator, Joint Border Patrol Zone 3,  Muhammed Garba, has said  smugglers have derived new ways of smuggling  banned items into the country.

According to Garba,  they now conceal  rice and other contraband in bags containing yam flour.

The Nigeria Customs Service chief said they had  impounded 20 bags of yam flour, with  foreign rice  concealed  in some of them at the border route in Kwara State.

Addressing a press conference in Ilorin on Wednesday, the coordinator said  over 1, 346 bags of foreign rice loaded in three vehicles had been impounded in a joint border operation.

He said  other items seized included used clothes, 57 units of vehicles, petroleum products, 16 motorcycles used  for  smuggling rice.

Garba said  guns, 85 cartridges were recovered in  border towns in Kwara  and in Lokoja, Kogi State.

He also said  the joint patrol also seized 325 cartons of banned  cosmetics.

Garba  added that the command had been sensitising  commercial drivers  to  the need to obey the new rules on border closure.

He said, “Border closure has increased revenue generation by the Federal Government by blocking all illegal routes used  for  smuggling. Used clothes are dangerous for  people.”

He advised the public to follow the right channel when buying their goods, saying smuggling  was  a crime attracting five years  in prison.

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