Smugglers devising new strategies of importing rice after border closure—NCS


Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) has raised the alarm over using vans meant for the transportation of petrol, diesel, and different associated gadgets to import international rice into the nation.

Customs Area Controller, Kano/Jigawa Area Command, Comptroller Nasir Ahmed, made the disclosure on Friday on the Bompai Command’s headquarters within the state whereas parading an impounded truck of gas which was loaded gas tankers with luggage of international rice

The truck, in response to him, was impounded by his officers on Thursday alongside Daura axis whereas including that each the driving force and his boy fled the scene earlier than they might be apprehended.

The Customs boss acted on intelligence and needed to shoot on the tyres of the purportedly empty petrol truck earlier than they may convey it to a halt.

He stated that whereas looking out the truck, they found that the primary compartment was totally loaded, the center equally loaded whereas the again compartment had nothing inside, therefore giving a misunderstanding that the truck was driving empty.

“Compartments that are meant to be carrying diesel and fuel are now being used to import rice; the health implications to Nigerians are just wide,” he said.

The comptroller lamented that whoever may herald rice utilizing which means may in addition to convey in additional harmful gadgets like Tramadol and ammunition to the detriment of the nation.

On why international rice was nonetheless discovering its manner into the Nigerian market, the Customs boss defined that there have been over 2,500 unapproved borders routes within the North West alone, including that the smugglers generally use bikes to enter by means of the unapproved borders.

He referred to as on Nigerians to affix the battle in opposition to the importation of international rice, including that the battle shouldn’t be left to the Customs alone, calling on one and all to be concerned.

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