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Western Marine Command Intercepts Rice Worth N2.6m

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Posted: May 18, 2016 at 1:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Andrew Utulu, Lagos Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy said it intercepted 575 bags of rice valued at N2, 616,250. 00.

Customs Area Controller, in charge of the command, Comptroller Umar Yusuf told journalists in Lagos, on Tuesday, that no suspect has been arrested in connection with the seizures.

While conducting journalists round the jetty where the seizures were kept , Umar, who was accompanied by the commanding officer NNS Beecroft, Navy Commodore Abraham Adaji said that the smuggled food were intercepted at Badagry axis in Lagos by patrol officers of both agencies.

He stated that the officers intercepted two wooden boats laden with the staple food, but added that on sighting the patrol officers, the smugglers in the process of evading arrest escaped into the creeks at Itonhu jetty.

According to him, “the boat in the process to evade arrest escaped into a creek at Itonhu jetty where they hit a hard surface that broke it and high tidal wave resulted in it sinking and a large quantity of the bags of rice were drown in the water”

Umar added that officers on duty were able to salvage the remaining bags of rice and brought them to the command’s base. He added that a total of 575 bags were recorded with Duty Paid Value of N4, 447,625. 00, valued at N2,616,250. 00.

Comptroller Yusuf added that the Western Marine Command will continue to fight smuggling activities as long as the smugglers refused to turn away from their nefarious activities.

He lauded effort of the CGC for his supportive and focused role played in eradicating smuggling throughout the country, adding that the assistance from the customs boss has motivated officers and men of the command.

The customs marine chief also commended effort by the Nigerian Navy in stemming the tide on waters, saying that the synergy is yielding positive results.

He stressed that the command recorded seizures valued at N669.2 million, saying this is in addition to the seizure of cannabis worth over N200 million.

Also speaking to newsmen, Commanding Officer, NNS Beecroft, Navy Commodore Abraham Adaji stressed the need for inter agency collaboration saying that intelligence gathering by both agencies has paid off in recent time.

Speaking further, Adaji maintained that both agencies have relevant contact in area of communication to nip smuggling activities at the creeks in the bud.

Adaji added that the navy uses smaller boats with swallow draft as platforms to patrol the creeks and intelligence gathering is a vital area that has made the synergy with customs work, saying that the navy’s role in beach-combing the creeks is an effort to solidify customs operations.

He advised citizens to embrace legitimate businesses and shun illegalities as the long arms of the law will not spare them when caught violating the law.