Contraband: Customs impound Dangote truck, others


For allegedly conveying contraband items, the Ogun Area Command of the Nigerian Customs Service, Ogun Area Command has seized a truck belonging to Dangote Group.

The track was loaded with 600 bags of rice suspected to have been smuggled when men of the service intercepted it along the Sagamu interchange.

According to the Customs Comptroller of the command, S. J. Madugu, the impounded truck bears the registration number KMC 252 XC and has the serial number ICT-7A-001.

He added that the items in the vehicle were worth N26,940,000.

Other items seized by the outfit are a Ford bus carrying 100 packets of mosquito repellent and 50 kegs of foreign vegetable oil; a Hiace bus with 800 pairs of Italian footwears; a Sharon bus with 19 bundles of used tyres; white and silver 626 Mazda buses carrying 40 and 29 bags of rice, respectively, blue Mazda 626 with 30 bags of rice and dark blue Mazda carrying 48 bags of rice.

Police trail Dangote expatriate’s abductors

Police Trail

The Nigeria Police said it has commenced full combing of the entire axis where an expatriate with Dangote Construction Company, Jose Machada, was abducted late Monday.

Two police officers guarding the Portuguese expatriates were killed in the incident that took place around 7 pm at the construction site of the company, along the Obajana-Kabba Road, Kogi State.

Commenting on the tragic incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, William Aga, said the State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, had visited the scene on Tuesday  where he met with the management of the construction company and some expatriates. He was said to later ordered immediate commencement of rescue operation for the abducted Portuguese.

For effective coordination, Janga reportedly directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations to move to the scene to assess the situation and commence combing of bushes around the scene.

The PPRO recalled that the assailants, numbering about 15 stormed the scene, shot the two police guards and took the abductee to a yet-unknown destination.

“They engaged the two police officers guarding the expatriates in a shootout. They shot the two officers. One died on the spot, while the other died in a hospital,” he said, adding that the deceased officers are Sergeant Gini John and Inspector Ezekiel Negedu.