By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
No fewer than 520 bags of smuggled foreign rice were on Monday impounded by operatves of Ogun I Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The smuggled parboiled rice of 50kg each, were impounded during two different operations within Ogun state on Monday 17th February, 2020.
It was learnt that out of the consignment 110 bags were seized at a hideout, along Imeko-Afon area of Ogun State with the aide of some soldiers.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that the hideout, which was uncovered based on credible intelligence, is being used by unscripulous elements to stockpile smuggled rice and other prohibited items.
The remaining 410 bags were said to have been discovered by the Comptroller’s Special Taskforce led by ASC I.M Lawal.
Our correspondent learnt that they were clinically concealed in a Volvo truck with Chasis number:YB1E6A2A2JB420916 and registration number: FFF–897 ZC.
The Command’s public relations officer Abdullahi Maiwada confirmed the seizure in a statement made available to journalists on Monday
He disclosed that the owners had presented the bags of rice to be Cassava Flour (White Elubo), Fufu and Maize.
” Further examination revealed four hundred and ten (410) bags of smuggled parboiled rice of 50kg each deceptively packaged in the vehicle”, the image maker hinted.
His words, ” Similarly, the CAC Special Taskforce led by ASC I M Lawal made another discovery of new antics being employed by smugglers to beat ‘the eagle eyes’ of Officers and Men of the Command.
Large quantity of Smuggled rice which were carefully concealed in a volvo truck with Chasis number:YB1E6A2A2JB420916 and registration number: FFF–897 ZC (Ogun state) was criminaly disguised as Cassava Flour (White Elubo), Fufu and Maize. Further examination revealed four hundred and ten (410) bags of smuggled parboiled rice of 50kg each deceptively packaged in the said vehicle.
To this end, Comptroller Agbara Michael assured members of the public that the renewed hostilities by armed smugglers will not deter the Command from discharging its statutory responsibilities.
He emphatically pledged to decisively stop all forms of aggressions applied by smugglers in the interest of social and economic prosperity of our dear country.
Finally, the CAC wishes to express the command’s profound appreciation firstly to the Comptroller General of Customs and his amiable management, other sister agencies, traditional leaders, eminent personalities and some host communities for their unconditional support towards effectively securing our nation against the nefarious activities of smugglers”.