- The Nigeria Customs Service has seized 460 bags of smuggled rice
- The rice were reportedly hidden inside a petrol tank
- The rice had been contaminated by black oil according to the officers
The Nigeria Customs Service, says it has arrested a suspect in Sokoto who allegedly smuggled 460 bags of imported rice concealed in a petrol tank.
The Comptroller for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara Command of NCS, Mr Nasir Ahmad, made the disclosure to newsmen on Friday in Sokoto.
NAN reports that Ahmad said the smuggled items, which were intercepted along Sokoto-Illela road, had N7.8 million duty paid value.
He said when the bags of rice were removed from the tank they had been contaminated by black oil, which is dangerous to human health.
The controller advised smugglers to find alternative legal means of livelihood and stop undermining the nation’s economy.
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He solicited for relevant information from the public to assist the command track down smugglers.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday, February 27, said it had impounded 177 units of vehicles and other items including unused tyres and food items from smugglers through the Lagos border.
Comptroller, federal operations unit Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, Mr Mohammed Garba, disclosed this when members of the senate committee on Customs, Excise and Tarif visited the zone on oversight functions.
The visit was led by the chairman of the committee, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
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