Adamawa/Taraba Customs Command seizes 1,000 bags of foreign rice in private home
Rice seizure comes from Cameroon Republic -Says Olomuh
By Udeme Clement :
The Nigeria Customs Service, Adamawa/ Taraba Command has seized over 1,000 bags of smuggled foreign rice stockpiled in residential apartment at Gombi town in Adamawa State.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Kamardeen Olomuh, made this known during seizure of the contraband yesterday in Gombi.
He disclosed that the foreign rice was smuggled from neighbouring Cameroon Republic.
The CAC also revealed that the smuggled rice was concealed and stored in residential apartment in Gombi town, but his men uncovered it through intelligence.
He frowned, “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and total border closure, some unpatriotic Nigerians still engage in smuggling . This is most unfortunate.
“These unscrupulous elements are always making their ways to frustrate government efforts in growing the economy”.
The CAC stressed that the same law that would catch up with smugglers is also applicable to those providing their residents for storage of smuggled items.
He appealed to Community leaders, to warn their people against using their homes for storing smuggled items, as such action equally amounts to smuggling.
He said, “the punishment for those found culpable of such illegality is five years imprisonment without option of fine, under section 47 of the Customs law.”