The Ogun 1 Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, said it intercepted different contraband worth N242m within seven days.
The acting Comptroller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, made this known on Friday, in Abeokuta, while addressing journalists.
Adeniyi said the contraband was intercepted at different locations within the state.
He said, “Between September 18 and September 30, 2023, the Ogun 1 Area Command officers seized 1,436 used pneumatic tires also as tokunbo tires 53 sacks, and 569 parcels of cannabis sativa weighing 1,179 kilograms.”
“Additionally, they apprehended 3,149 bags of foreign parboiled rice, each weighing 50 kilograms, alongside 32 vehicles used for conveyance.” He narrated.
He also said that the tires are not suitable for Nigerian Highways, adding that many of the tires have exceeded their recommended lifespan from their manufacturing date.
“According to safety experts, good-quality pneumatic tires are safe for use for only four years from the date of manufacturing. Any usage beyond this duration poses a significant risk to motorists and jeopardizes their lives.”
Adeniyi explained that the various contraband was intercepted at different locations including, Papa/Ajegunle, Ilaro Road, Imasayi/Joga Road, Ijebu Ode axis, and Odogbolu bush path along Ijebu Ode road in Ogun State.
The customs boss reaffirmed the service’s commitment to protecting society from the entry of harmful substances and ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerians.