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Monday, 28 November 2016

Customs Intercepts Petrol Tanker Loaded With Smuggled Rice

The Ogun State Area Command, Nigeria Customs Service, has intercepted a petrol tanker and about 25 other vehicles loaded with smuggled bags of rice.

The new Area Controller, Hassan Gangua, on Thursday added that the interceptions were recorded in different parts of the state in the last two weeks.

Ganga, who spoke at the command’s Idiroko border office, explained that the MAN diesel petrol tanker with number plate, FST 51 XE, was specially built for smuggling.

He said the tanker, which was filled to capacity with the smuggled rice, was intercepted by customs operatives on Monday November 15, 2016, along the Idiroko border area, on its way to Lagos.

“This interception was made 24 hours after my arrival by our gallant officers,” he added.

Gangua added that 25 cars with built-in compartments, loaded with bags of smuggled rice, were also intercepted in the Idiroko area.

The area controller said a trailer was also intercepted at the Lagos-Sagamu interchange with about 500 bags of rice on Monday November 21, 2016.

He said, “The goods, which were neatly packed, were being taken to the Eastern part of the country to be sold in the open market.”

Gangua said three suspects, Anthony Nwapa, Osunkwo Chukwu and Hyginus Igbokwe, were arrested in connection with the seizure, while preliminary investigation was ongoing.

He also said in the last one week, four vehicles loaded with 4,000 cartons of frozen poultry products and 19 motorcycles used for smuggling of rice were intercepted. He said the poultry products had been destroyed.

Gangua noted that as Yuletide approached, smuggling had been on the increase.

He, however, stated that the command had step up its operations, “in order to combat the menace of the smugglers and bring their activities down to barest minimum.”

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  1. This is a big lost on the owner's part.

  2. Hope say no be rubber rice

    Chinese people wan kill us for this country oooo

  3. Nawa oooo
    So they will destroy people's goods

  4. Nawaoo! Dem no wan make we chop rice this ember?

  5. Then the same custom officials will share it among themselves or pump it back into the system by selling them.

  6. They don chop the frozen products...Goood work tho...even though they still come behind the scenes and get their goods back...Na naija na...

  7. Hmmmmmmnnnn... Bonjour mes amies

  8. Oversabi people... What abt custom officers,rubbish see d way dey are mentioning names.....buh Nigeria is a fucking corrupt country

  9. I have stopped eating rice since the day I watched video of rice been produced from plastics.
    How can anybody concealed good inside a petrol tanker ?

  10. Cunny man die....cunny man wake am.

  11. This is serious and guys are not smiling. Someone must have given out informations to the custom. Hustle right and get paid

  12. N. Dr. Agwoturumbe28 November 2016 at 07:32

    Why exactly would they DESTROY the confiscated poultry product? What is wrong with our people? Why not distribute it to villages for free.

  13. Abeg if they are good for.consumption,then they should stop destroying them,instead they should share it out to the poor masses cos pple are really.suffering this period

  14. They should leave us to do this Christmas in peace,what kinf of wicked law comes from a president, banning rice, see how expensive rice is, wickedness in our land

  15. Abeg make una allow rice reach destination. Na still one human begin or some people that will colobi the so called smuggled rice at their office. Ds is why the price of rice is on the increase. U guys shld go and size the fake Chinese rice. Some pple's Xmas rice is ready.

  16. @white diamond,big LOST on the owners part??? problem. continue

    1. Taaarrr. It is white berry not our white diamond who writes in good English

  17. Smilin......smilin.....naija ooooooo...dis is what u see where der is no law n order in a country. God av mercy

  18. If the rice is not rubber rice, it will be painful but if it is God don catch the owner. Chai bad market

  19. Are these items fit for consumption? That's the most important question nobody is answering. Yoruba's say Ori bi be ko ni Ogun ori fi fo. These items are good food, they were bought and smuggled in to be sold and make huge profit. So why not seize them and then sell to the masses at a cheaper rate. Is that not the sane thing to to done? Common sense isn't that common afterall. You take items that weren't enough and then destroy them and expect people to celebrate it as an achievement?


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