24 million Norwegian bullion van seized by customs released to bank officials

24 million Norwegian bullion van seized by customs released to bank officials

Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Ogun Area 2 Command, have announced that they have seized N24 million in cash in a gold bullion van for allegedly smuggling 12 bags of foreign parboiled rice.

The bullion van was owned by Warehouse Corporation and the money belonged to Access Bank PLC Abeokuta branch.

The bullion van seized by the Joint Task Force in April 2022 was used to transport 12 bags of smuggled rice weighing 50kg, according to Olusola Alade, regional controller of the command.

The Commissioner of Customs disclosed this to journalists on Friday while handing over the bullion van and cash to bank officials in Abeokuta, the state capital.

He said the release of the van and the money to Access Bank management was ordered by the Commissioner of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi on compassionate grounds.

He added that three suspects have been arrested and charged in court in connection with the crime.

His words are as follows: “On April 22, 2022, officers and members of the Integrated Border Security Team, Olorunda Axis, Ogun State, captured a used bullion van with Reg Johnson in it. No.FKY 993 BZ, Abeokuta Axis, Ogun State. They were found to have hidden bags of foreign parboiled rice and N24 worth N489,500 along the Sokoto-Ijoun/Joga road.”

The customs chief explained that foreign parboiled rice (12 bags of 50 kg each) was criminally concealed in the bullion van.

After the suspects were arrested, the cash was deposited at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Abeokuta branch, for safekeeping.

Source: dailypost.ng

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