The Customs area comptrollerin charge of Kano and Jigawa, Comptroller Matheis Abutu Onoja, has dismissed allegations that the rice confiscated in one of the warehouses in Kano State was locally made.
Onoja explained that they got intelligence report concerning one warehouse around Dawanau in Dawakin Tofa local government area, and getting there, they found bags of smuggled rice, adding that they are mandated by law to seal any warehouse that has prohibited items.
He said there was no crime committed in raiding the warehouse, saying, “If it were local rice, professionally, the officers would not even have confisticated them. The operation was done in collaboration with the military and the allegation is not true that local rice was confiscated.”
Recall that last month, Customs in Kano State confiscated tonnes of rice kept in warehouses by traders at Dawanau area, along Danbatta road, in the state.
He said these while briefing journalists on the allegations just as he reiterated that rice has been banned from coming into the country through land borders, while advising that if anyone wants to import rice,he or she should do so through designated ports.