Customs arrests 15 suspected rice smugglers in Yola


The Adamawa and Taraba states joint command of the Nigeria Customs Service has arrested fifteen suspects for re-bagging foreign rice to sell as local rice.

Owolabi Adenusi reports that in spite of closed borders, smugglers are devising dubious means of bringing in the banned food item.

In the latest raid, 15 suspects were found with 900 bags of rice with duty paid value of N14.5 million. They were being repackaged at a warehouse.

The command said it remains undeterred in enforcing the restriction on the importation of foreign rice and issues this warning to smugglers.

The Taraba and Adamawa States customs command has mounted strategic posts to ensure smuggled products no longer slip into the country in spite of porous borders.

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