Few weeks after the interception of over 30,000 rounds of live ammunition, the Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has recorded massive rice seizures estimated at about 26 metric tones. When Sunday Vanguard visited the Command, its warehouse was filled to the brim with seizures of rice packed in various compartments, even as some seizures were displayed inside trucks.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Mr. Oteri Richard, expressed displeasure about the nefarious activities of smugglers in mapping out new and sophisticated trend of smuggling prohibited goods into the country through the borders.
He said, â€œOn the early hours of Wednesday, April 2, 2014, our patrol teams, led by Service number 27137, SC ASAGBA, B.F. intercepted nine buses loaded with 481, 50kg bags of rice with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N6million, along Iseyin-Saki axis of the state.
This is another remarkable feat, which gives credence to our resolve to make Oyo/Osun States a no hiding place for unpatriotic Nigerians who engage in this illicit business of smuggling. In the last three months alone, the Command+ intercepted over 3,715, 50kg bags of rice with the DPV of N43 million.
â€œIt is pertinent to mention that the Command, within the past one year, made a total seizure of over 15,485, 50kg bags of rice with DPV of N172.8 million. This will also go a long way in debunking any claim that the NCS is not doing enough to curb the menace of rice smuggling through the borders.
I want to use this medium to advise unpatriotic Nigerians who patronise our neighbouring ports with the intention of smuggling to desist from the practice, as we will not fail to make them face the full wrath of the law. Importation of rice through the nationâ€™s borders is prohibited.
Those who wish to import rice should do so using the nationâ€™s sea ports. The Comptroller General of Customs, Alhaji Abdullahi Inde Dikko is passionately committed to implementing the rice import policy to the latter and we reiterate our unequivocal support in doing so within our Area Command.â€