Go Back To The Farm And Stop Sabotaging The Economy, Customs Warn Smugglers
About 460 bags of foreign rice were intercepted in Sokoto by the Nigerian Customs.
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The bags of rice with a duty valued at N7.8m were said to be poisonous and risky for consumption by any human.
Reports reveal that the commodity was hidden in a tanker which was believed to be carrying Premium Motor Spirit, PMS.
Speaking of the incident, the Comptroller in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, Mr. Nasir Ahmed, revealed that, “the goods were intercepted in Sokoto State while on their way to Suleja area in Niger State.”
According to him, “This is an oil tanker belonging to one of the major oil distributors that is now used in carrying black oil (contraband). This poses serious health risk and hazard to those who consume the rice because it has been contaminated.”
“The plan of the smugglers is to repackage the rice and sell it to innocent Nigerians as soon as they reach their destination in Niger State. We will not allow such unscrupulous persons to put the lives of our citizens at risk.”
In his words, “the command had already arrested one person in connection with the contraband.”
He advised the smugglers to go back to the farm and engage in rice production rather than engage in activities that would sabotage the nation’s economy