Nigeria Customs seize rice worth N597.7bn | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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.

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 worth of rice seized in the same period in 2015.

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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  1. hope there are people monitoring these seized rice? bcos..... rice cost nw o

  2. Wil dis seizure improve d lives of hungry nigerians in any way?

  3. Enter your comment...I hope those seized rice wii not be diverted to some people why the poor suffer in hunger

  4. Y wuldnt dere be hunger in nigeria, u dnt hav the stuff, ur people r dying of hunger n yet u r proud of publishing on d national dailies d sufferings u impose on d people.dis is not da change we voted for.


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