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How Nigeria Customs Storm Lagos Markets, Seize Smuggled Rice Worth Millions

Poster: STANCOBRIDGE | Date: 8:24am, 12th Oct 2016. | Views: 550 | 1 Replies
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STANCOBRIDGE. Jalingo, Taraba
8:24am, 12th Oct 2016.


The Officials of Nigeria Customs Service have
stormed some markets in Lagos in search of
smuggled rice.

Their efforts led to the seizure of about six trailer
load of rice from shops at the Iddo Railway
Terminus.

Some of the rice dealers, who spoke to Punch
correspondent, complained that they bought the
rice from people who brought them into the
markets and had no way of knowing whether it
was smuggled or not.

The owner of a shop where the NCS men
reportedly seized 5,000 bags of rice was said to
have collapsed and was rushed to a nearby
hospital.

“The value of rice seized from her shop is over
N60m and she took a loan from the bank for the
business,” one of the dealers, who pleaded
anonymity, told Punch correspondent.

When consulted, the spokesperson for the NCS,
Mr. Wale Adeniyi, said the organisation was
empowered by law to impound any product
suspected to be smuggled wherever such product
could be found.

He said, “The rice was smuggled. We got
information that the consignment was taken to a
particular place and we went there.
“It is a message to smugglers that it is not just
enough to bring goods across the border into the
country; the goods can be seized even when they
are in the country.”

The NCS has set 2017 as a target to stop the
importation of rice.
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