The Joint Border Patrol Team, Sector 3 of the Nigeria Customs Service have seized smuggled items worth over N29m.
The seized items include 550 live cartridges, 751 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1,251 jerry cans of petrol, seven bales of imported second hand clothes and one motorcycle used in conveying smuggled petrol.
Comptroller Olugboyega Peters, Coordinator of Kwara, Kogi, Niger and Benue states sector said 17 suspects were arrested during the operations.
Speaking at a press conference at the Kwara state Command Headquarters in Ilorin on Wednesday, the Comptroller said the suspects arrested over the 550 ammunition, were intercepted in a commercial bus at Adikpo junction in Benue state.
He said “on searching the vehicle, two black Bacco bags containing pump action cartridges suspected to have been smuggled into the country were discovered.
“The ammunition, driver and the suspect were arrested and brought to Sector 3, headquarters in Ilorin, Kwara State,” he added.
He said after the preliminary investigation at the Kwara state command of the Nigeria Customs Service, the suspects were handed over to the Nigeria Police Force in Benue state for further investigations as the law of jurisdiction demands.
“I want to assure Nigerians that the Joint Border Patrol Team Sector 3, will do all it takes to ensure that smuggling suffocates and in due course collapses,” he vowed.