- The Nigeria Customs Service in Ogun has vowed to clamp down on rice smuggling by raiding residential houses in the state for smuggled rice
- Apart from houses that would be raided, stalls and warehouses would also be raided by the agency
- The agency launched war against rice smuggling for the purpose of boosting local rice production in Nigeria
In a bid to record success in its war against smuggling, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Ogun state will be invading residential houses, stalls as well as warehouses across the state suspected to be holding smuggled rice.
Premium Times reports that this was stated on Tuesday, September 4, by the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Michael Agbara, while briefing newsmen in Idiroko border over activities of his command within the past one month.
NAIJ.com gathers that he said the decision was made in order “to key into the federal government’s policy on agricultural development in the area of boosting local rice production.”
Agbara said: “I assure you, the battle line has been drawn and we will continue to do our best. The officers are ready to go and seize any rice we found anywhere. Whether you put it in your house, Customs & Excise Management Act (CEMA) allows us to go there.
"If you put it in your warehouses, we are allowed by the law to storm there and raid it. On the road, on the footpaths, both on the unapproved roads, we are there. So, what I will advise them to do is to desist from smuggling and obey the law."
According to him, 6,194 bags of rice being smuggled into the country and 395 kegs of 25 litres vegetable oil were intercepted by the agency within the month of August.
He added: “We know the implications of what smuggling of rice portends for the economy. We all have junior ones who are all looking for jobs. If we allow smuggling, we’re creating jobs in Thailand, India and Singapore. So here, we are determined more than ever before, to ensure that these rice do not come in."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that following the order given by President Muhammadu Buhari that draconian measures should be taken against illegal smuggling of goods to the country, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it impounded up to five vehicles conveying contraband worth N50.2 million to the country.
This revelation was made by Peters Olugboyega during a media briefing at the zonal headquarters situated in Bauch. Olugboyega is the the comptroller of federal operations unit, zone D which comprises Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Benue and Nassarawa states.
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