Trading in banned items continues to be a risky venture in Nigeria.

If you doubt it, the value of contrabands seized by customs this past November may convince you.

Between November 1st and 30th this year alone, the Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS intercepted various contraband with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of 1.59 billion.

The Customs Area Controller of the unit, Comptroller Garba Mohammed, said this when he conducted newsmen round Customs’ warehouses in Lagos on Wednesday.

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According to Mohammed, a total of 185 items were intercepted within the period under review.

The command intercepted 64 units of several types of vehicles under detention; 13,333 bags of 50kg parboiled rice; 15 parcels of Indian hemp; 205 bales of second-hand clothing and 1,390 cartons of frozen poultry products.

It also intercepted 1,101 pieces of used tyres; 835 jerry cans of vegetable oil; 17 20ft containers suspected to be carrying wood under detention and 385 cartons of Tiffany cream biscuits.

2,300 cartons of Tiffany chocolate cream fudge and toffee sweet as well as 137 cartons of block engine cylinder were also seized.

The controller said that five suspects were apprehended along with the seizures, while one of the suspects had been released on administrative bail.

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