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Border Closure: Customs arrest 15 man syndicate for re-bagging foreign rice

Customs officer on duty

 

The Nigeria Customs Service says it has arrested a syndicate of 15 people who allegedly re-bag foreign rice as local rice for sale to unsuspecting consumers.

The Comptroller of Customs in Adamawa and Taraba States Command, Kamardeen Olumoh, disclosed this on Tuesday when he led Journalists to the scene of the crime at a warehouse in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

According to him, the suspects were found with 900 bags of rice with duty paid value of N14.5 million.

Olumoh explained that operatives of the command busted the warehouse in conjunction with others from the Federal Operation Units and Strike Force, as part of efforts towards sustaining the fight against smuggling in the country.

He revealed that 15 people, including the manager and labourers at the warehouse, were rounded up by the security operatives while carrying out their nefarious act.

Thereafter, the comptroller proceeded with the reporters to the Customs Headquarters in Yola where it has seized a truckload of grains intercepted by operatives along the Mubi-Yola Road.

He said investigation revealed that the truck was also carrying foreign rice re-bagged as local rice concealed under bags of beans with a duty paid value of N10.3 million.

Three suspects were also arrested in the process and all the arrested suspects would be prosecuted, Olumoh added.

While the Nigerian Government has since closed its borders with neighbouring countries, the comptroller described the activities of smugglers as sabotage.

He, therefore, warned smugglers that Adamawa and Taraba States remain no go areas for them as the Command would soon embark on raiding markets in search of smuggled foreign rice.

Olumoh also appealed to market heads to caution their members against the sale of foreign rice as a way of supporting local farmers who have the capacity of feeding the nation.

Customs hands over intercepted military hardware to US gov’t

Hameed Ali, NCS

 

The Nigeria Government has handed over six Mine-Resistant and All-Terrain Armoured Military Vehicles (MRTV) intercepted in August, to the American government.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony, the Comptroller of Customs in charge of Adamawa and Taraba States, Kamardeen Olumoh, said it is in line with a directive from the National Security Adviser to release the vehicle to the American Government.

“There is no doubt that somethings were left undone and of course, diplomacy will always reign supreme and perhaps that’s why the directive came that all things are sorted out and we should ensure compliance and ensure we assist in all possible ways to ensure that they are evacuated.”

In appreciation, the Deputy Chief of Missions, Embassy of United States of America in Nigeria Kathleen FitzGibbon thanked the Nigerian government for its understanding and for securing the vehicles.

“I’m sorry that we have caused some inconvenience and the next few days will be interesting on how we are going to move them out in terms of logistics. Your patience, flexibility, I can’t tell you how grateful we are.”

The six Mine-Resistant Military Vehicles were intercepted by a combined team of security agencies in August this year in Konkol, Maiha local government of Adamawa state, a border community on the Nigeria Cameroon border.

The trucks were intercepted while transiting from Cameroon to Niger via the Nigerian border.