Border Closure: Nigeria Customs intercepts 1,879 bags of Foreign Rice, cars in Niger, Kwara states

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Border Closure: Nigeria Customs intercepts 1,879 bags of Foreign Rice, cars in Niger, Kwara states

Border Closure: Nigeria Customs intercepts 1,879 bags of Foreign Rice, cars in Niger, Kwara states

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday said it has intercepted 1,879 bags of foreign rice illegally smuggled into the country through Niger, Kogi, and Kwara states.

The Customs Area Controller in charge of Kogi and Niger states, Yusuf Abba-Kassim, told journalists at a press briefing in Minna, Niger State, that all the seizures were in October.

The federal government had in August announced the temporary closure of all Nigerian land borders.

Mr Abba-Kassim said the command also intercepted eight cars being smuggled into the country by suspected smugglers in his zone.

“In keeping to this promise the Command initiated new anti-smuggling strategies which led to remarkable exploits evidenced in the seizures on display today which include.

“One DAF diesel tanker (six tyres) with registration number RBC-05 ZS suspected to be concealing imported foreign rice which is yet to be examined.

 “One DAF truck (ten tyres) with registration number MNA 893 XV loaded with Nine hundred and Fifty (950) 50kg bags of imported rice.

 “Nine bales of used clothing (Second hand). Four (4) Toyota Corolla conveying cumulatively a total of One hundred and Thirty-Five (135) 50kg imported bags of rice.

“Three hundred and Ninety-Seven (397) 50kg imported bags of rice hidden within the forest by smugglers. Two (2) Toyota Rav4. Four (4) Toyota Corolla. One (1) Peugeot 207. One (1) Mazda Premacy.

“The above seizures were made at different locations within the Command’s area of coverage all in the month of October 2019.

Border Closure: Nigeria Customs intercepts 1,879 bags of Foreign Rice, cars in Niger, Kwara states

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