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Customs Impounds 18 Trucks Loaded With Smuggled Rice At Idiroko

Posted: Aug 11, 2016 at 6:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Andrew Utulu 

 The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun state Area Command, has seized 18 trucks loaded with contraband bags of rice.

The trucks were intercepted at the Idiroko border, while the bags of rice were being smuggled into the country from the Republic of Benin.

Comptroller In-Charge of the Command, Multafu Waindu, said the trucks were impounded around 3am at Alari and Ifoyintedo bush paths in the Ipokia local government area of the state.

He explained that the bags of rice and trucks were abandoned by the smugglers, who fled into the bush as the Customs patrol team closed in on them and abandoned their two locally made guns.

His words: “On Monday at about 3am, our officers, while on patrol, got a tip-off about some smugglers in a convoy of trucks loaded with smuggled bags of rice around the Alari and Ifoyintedo bush paths”.

“The officers intercepted 18 vehicles of different brands, loaded with the goods smuggled from the Republic of Benin into the country. The smugglers, on sighting our officers, abandoned the vehicles and fled into the bush. They also left behind two locally-made guns.”

He disclosed that the seized vehicles were rebuilt for the illicit trade, adding that some of them had their shock absorbers doubled and reinforced.

The controller said the command’s patrol team also intercepted 410 motorcycles being used as means of conveyance, with each having the capacity to carry eight bags of rice per trip.

While warning smugglers to desist from the illegal trade, Waindu assured that the law which prohibits importation of rice through the land border was still in force.

“Even if you are carrying a bag of rice, we will seize it; because it is illegal,” he added.