The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has warned smugglers that all hands are on deck to prevent smuggling of goods as the Christmas season approaches.

Area Customs Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone C, Kayode Olusemire, read ‘The Riots Act’ to smugglers that the service would not rest on its oars to ensure that it prevent the smuggling of goods, especially rice and cars through land borders.

Olusemire, who spoke to newsmen at the Benin office of the Service, said that in the last few days, four people have been arrested, while exotic cars and other goods with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N240 million have been intercepted.

Range Rover, Toyota cars, hard drugs like cannabis sativa, hundreds of bags of rice and beverages were part of the intercepted Items.

The controller said, “As the year comes to an end, we are witnessing increased smuggling, especially in the South-south, South-east and we are ready for them. We are warning that these zones are no longer safe haven for smugglers who devise new methods every day, but no matter what tactics they deploy, we will get them”.

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