CUSTOMS INTERCEPT OVER N2.1 MILLION TRUCKLOAD OF RICE HIDDEN IN SHARP SAND
Nigeria customs has intercepted a truck loaded with over N2.1 million worth of foreign rice concealed in sharp sand.
The federal government anti-smuggling taskforce covering the North-Central states of Niger, Kwara, Kogi and Benue states intercepted the truck marked, ZAR 803 XA, in Kontagora, Niger State.
Speaking at the unit headquarter in Ilorin, the coordinator of the sector, Mohammed Garba, on Wednesday said:
“I want you to send this message to the enemies of Nigeria economy that this sector has stepped up measures to combat the influx of smuggled foreign rice and other prohibited items into the country.
“Proven new strategies in line with world best practices in suppressing smuggling are being utilised and the support of the management team, led by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd.), has enabled this sector to achieve great results.”
He added that in the last 40 days, the Joint Border Operations Sector 3 has generated a total Duty Paid Value of N1,207, 223, 380 and arrested 53 suspects.