Sunday, 20 November 2016


TheOyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized a bullion van belonging to a commercial bank in Nigeria, but used in smuggling rice into the country through the land border. The bullion van meant for conveyance of bank currency was intercepted by operatives of Oyo,/Osun Customs loaded with smuggled rice through a tip off.

The customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Ogunkua Tope, who disclosed this, displayed the vehicle at the Command's office in Ibadan, loaded with 50kg bags of rice. According to him, "The interception of a bullion van meant for carrying cash, but used in concealing smuggled imported foreign rice into the country illegally should send a serious signal to recalcitrant saboteurs of the Nigeria economy that there is no hiding place for them,especially as the yuletidr approaches".

He went on, " We are determined to beat all their concealment patterns with our superior intelligence network, because the Service has equipped us with necessary work tools and adequate training to curb the menace of smuggling in the region.

It is worrisome to see that some Nigerians still remain unrepentant even as they continue to lose. Not even the Federal Government's visible efforts in transforming the agricultural sector especially in the area of rice production as well as increase prevalence of expired imported rice with its hazardous health implications have touched their conscience to avoid rice smuggling.


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