Customs seize rice worth N597.7bn

It was gathered that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it seized rice worth N597.7 billion brought into the country through the borders between January, 2016 and August, 2016.

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The Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Wale Adeniyi, in an interview in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the worth of the commodity confiscated during the period was higher when compared with N330.5 billion value of the good seized in the same period in 2015.

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He said that the increase in the seizures was an indication that the customs was operating zero tolerance to illegal importation of rice.

Adeniyi said that the service’s rapprochement with its counterpart in the Republic of Benin also facilitated the spate of confiscation of rice along the borders between both countries.

“Our seizure on rice from January to August was N597.7 billion as against N330.5 billion during the same period in 2015; this shows a huge increase.

“The number of seizures from the statistics shows that smugglers now know that it is no longer profitable to bring in rice through the borders.

“So, since importation of rice is now restricted to the ports as even smugglers with one bag of rice are arrested.

“We have a number of arrests, particularly those using motorcycles, donkeys and even small vehicles.

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7 Comments

  1. what has happened to the seized rice. Is the Area Commandant’s wife now a distributor of rice? The law says both the vehicle used to convey the contraband and the rice must be seized. Has the lorry been handed over to Customs or has it been converted by Customs staff to personal use. How many prosecutions have been made in Court? What are the sentences passed as a deterrent to smuggling?How much fines were collected? Has the NCS visited popular markets to investigate the source of the rice on display? These are the missing information in Mr. Wale Adeniyi, NCS PRO’s briefing. These vital statistics will be the measure of judging the effectiveness of NCS.

  2. And the poor masses are buying rice at cut throat price
    Many more still cannot even afford to by any
    What the height of hypocrisy in an oil rich nation

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