Customs Intercept Diesel Tanker With 250 bags of Smuggled Rice In Katsina
Customs intercepts DIESEL tanker loaded with 250bags of rice
The Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted and seized a diesel tanker fully loaded with 250 bags of smuggled foreign rice along Daura axis of Katsina State.
The regional comptroller of the command, Ahmed Nasiru, said the foreign rice was neatly concealed in two out of the three compartments of the fuel-laden truck with registration Number NSR 95 ZC, The Nation reports.
The value of the Smuggled Rice is estimated to be over N5.5 million.
According to him,“Rice seizures are what we do every day. There is something in what we are witnessing today where smugglers now resort to using fuel or diesel tankers to smuggle items such as rice.
“Now, we are talking about health hazards of these foreign rice concealed inside compartments made for the storage of fuel and diesel. You can agree with me that such item may no longer be safe for consumption because it is already poisoned for human consumption.
“Again, you can agree with me that since these smugglers can use fuel tankers to smuggle rice, they can also use the same mode to smuggle dangerous items such as arms and ammunition, guns, tramadol and other illicit drugs! We need to be watchful.”
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to join hands to fight these elements because “they are not only enemies of our nation’s economy, they are enemies of Nigerians because they are bringing in items that are not good for our health.”
Nasiru said the driver and motor boy of the tanker fled during the operation.