Customs in Kwara intercepts foreign rice conceal in tipper of sand
* Seizes 29 trailers of rice, N1. 2bn contraband
*Arrests 53 Suspects
By Udeme Clement :
“I make bold to say that our synergy with Nigerian Police, Immigration Service, DSS, NIA, Army, Office of National Security adviser and other security agencies involved in the National assignment of Border Drill Operations, is yielding positive results by helping the Service in successful discharge of its duties. This is evident in seizures recorded by border drill operation sector 3, Ilorin, Kwara State, from May 2020 till date”, said, Compt. Mohammed Uba Garba, the Coordinator Joint Border Drill Operations, North Central Zone, Sector 3 Ilorin, Kwara State
He made these assertions while addressing Journalists yesterday, on the seizure of 140 bags of foreign Rice concealed in a Tipper of Sharp Sand, with Registration number, ZAR 803 XA.
His explanation, “In our zeal to implement partial closure of our Nation’s land borders as directed by Mr. President, the Joint Border Operations (JBOD) Sector 3 covering North Central States (Niger/Kwara/Kogi and Benue States) continues to make the Zone unfavorable for smugglers.
“Within the period under review, a Patrol team comprising of Nigeria Customs Officers, Nigeria Army, Nigeria Immigration Service, DSS, Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies raided two warehouses at ABAYAWO and ITA-MERIN areas, both in Ilorin West Local Government of Kwara State, suspected to stock pile foreign Rice. A total of 450 and 224 bags of rice were discovered
“Recall that late last month, the Patrol team covering Babanna axis of the Sector in Niger State, intercepted two Mitsubishi Canter with Reg. No XA-241-WEL and XC-166-SUL laden with 54 drums of smuggled petrol with a duty paid Value (DPV) 1.9 Million and two suspects arrested.
“In another development, one of the most exceptional seizures of this briefing is interception of a Tipper with Reg. No. ZAR 803 XA, with 140 bags of foreign Rice concealed in Sharp Sand, as you can see here.
“It is disturbing that some die-hard smugglers have also resorted to using tricycles to smuggle rice. The Sector wishes to reiterate its stand that there is no retreat on the fight against smuggling
“I want you to send this message to the enemies of Nigeria Economy that this sector has stepped up extra measures to combat the influx of foreign rice smuggling and other prohibited items coming in to the country.
“In our quest to sustain the tempo of aiding overnment Policy on Agriculture development in the area of boosting local Rice production, the Sector has redoubled its efforts by recording a total of 225 seizures within the period under review. These include-
17,490 Bags of foreign par boiled Rice (equivalent to 29 trailers of rice)
- 310 Kegs of Vegetable oil
- 1 Locally made Pistol with a live cartridge
- 944 Drums of AGO
- 3,676 Jerry Cans of Petroleum Product of 25 liters each
- 355 Bundles of Textile Materials
- 28 Bags of foreign fertilizer
- 66 Cartons of different brand of Beers
- 67 Units of Vehicles
- 78 Motor Cycles and one Keke Napep
- 15 Sacks of Used Shoes
- 360 tubers of yam
Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) is N1. 2billion and 53 suspects arrested in connection with the seized items.
“The sector has intensified efforts in execution of on-going war against smuggling. Proven new strategies in line with world best practice in suppressing smuggling were utilised and the magnanimous support by the management and Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), enabled the Sector to achieve great results.
“With the COVID-19, the Sector ensures that officers comply with NCDC guidelines while discharging their duties. I am calling on Journalists and the public to assist the Service with useful information on smuggling activities within their communities.
COVID 19 is real, wash your hands regularly, adheres to government preventive measures and Stay safe”.