The Nigerian Customs Service in Niger State has seized trucks conveying 1,940 bags of foreign rice worth N32.9 million being smuggled into the country.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Area Controller in charge of the command, Abba-Kassin Yusuf, who spoke to newsmen in Minna.
He said the trucks were arrested at different locations in the Command.
He explained that, along the Mokwa axis of the command, 520 bags of rice with duty paid value of N8,840.00, concealed with 50 bags of sugar worth N697,000 were seized.
According to him, 700 bags of rice were seized and put the duty paid value of the contraband at N11.9m, In Minna-Lambata-Suleja Road.
Yusuf, who spoke through the Deputy Comptroller Enforcement, Jalo Ibrahim, said the command also seized a truck with plate number KRD 425 XM loaded with 720 bags of foreign rice disguised to look like cement along Bida-Minna Road with duty paid value of N12,240,000
He said, “We are more determined than ever to make the command uncomfortable for the economic saboteurs, as the command will henceforth beam its search on the trucks plying Niger and Kogi area command.”
“We are keen on implementing the federal government policy of encouraging home-grown rice farmers, as it will not only create jobs for our teeming unemployed youths but will improve the nation’s economy,” he stated.