The comptroller-general of Customs Strike Force against smuggling of foreign parboiled rice has intercepted five trailers load of rice from Ogun State.
The smuggled rice numbering about 3000 which has a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N42million were concealed inside containers and trucks belonging to corporate organisations.
This interception is coming barely a week after the minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe hinted about the planned closure of the land borders with neighboring countries due to massive smuggling of rice into the country.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP over the weekend, zonal commander of the strike force, Zone A, AC Salisu Assaba Bullah said the interception was made at Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. According to him, the strike force was able to make the seizure through intelligence it gathered on the fresh way of smuggling parboiled rice into the country.
He said:”The CGC task force intercepted 3000 bags of 50kg rice smuggled into the country. They were intercepted along Ijebu Ode expressway with two suspects in custody. We were able to get intelligence report that container laden trucks were taken to the border area, load it with smuggled rice and put seal as if it were a container released from seaports.”
The CGC who attributed the success recorded to the other members of the team also acknowledged the federal government approval of brand new pickup for anti-smuggling which he said aided in the recent interception made.
On June 7, 2016, the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari approved the sum of N1,550,187,713.00 for the procurement of 68 brand new Ford Pickup operational vehicles for Customs.
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