- Oyo and Osun area command of the Nigeria customs service have paraded some smugglers
- The command also paraded some vehicles and goods intercepted in Saki axis area of Oyo state
- It declared that owners of the goods may forfeit the seized goods within thirty days
Oyo and Osun area command of the Nigeria customs service has cautioned members of the public to be careful in buying any type of rice as Eid al-Fitr is coming up.
The customs said that there are poisonous and deadly bags of rice in Nigerian markets.
Reports have it that Comptroller Udo-Aka Emmanuel, the area controller of the command, made this known during a press briefing in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
Emmanuel said some unpatriotic Nigerians have conspired with some importers to smuggle into the country via land borders.
NAIJ.com gathered that the comptroller revealed that the expired products were brought into the country on a daily basis.
According to him, investigations reveals that most of the deadly rice are four years old before smugglers repackaged and change the expiry dates and sending it to Nigeria.
“I visited borders to investigate most of those products but let me tell you, they are expired,” he stated.
“Nigerians need to beware and patronize our local products. Research shows that smugglers repackage rice in their warehouse for more than four years and send it to Nigeria.”
“I want to make it crystal clear to the entire public that the period of 30 days of grace that was given for the public to pay duties for vehicles that were smuggled has expired.
“The grace period ended on the 19th of May, 2017. They should come forth with the genuine documents and claim ownership within thirty days after which the goods are liable for seizure,” he revealed.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) intercepted and seized 661 brand new pump-action rifles stored in 49 boxes in truck in Lagos state.
Although the Customs did not disclose where the weapons were from or where they were headed, there are reports in some quarters that the scary haul came in from China.
The Comptroller-General of Customs Hameed Ali announced the arrest of three suspects in connection with the importation of the weapons and has kicked off investigation into the case.
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