The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone “C” Owerri, Imo State, has intercepted, arrested and seized an IVECO truck carrying over 633 bags of 50kg parboiled foreign rice with total Duty Paid Value of N22,077,520.
Briefing journalists at Customs Warehouse, Aduwawa, Benin City, Edo State, Kayode Olusemire, the Comptroller in-charge of the unit, stated that the bags of rice were carefully concealed with cartons of Lucozade boost and Ribena juice to deceive the Customs operatives of the unit.
He further said that the truck and the illegal consignment were intercepted along Benin-axis by the Benin mobile patrol team.
The Customs Area Controller, however, noted that foreign rice was banned by the Federal Government to pave way for the local rice milling industries to thrive.
He warned smugglers to desist from the illicit business venture, adding that they would have themselves to blame, if bags of foreign rice smuggled into the country by them were seized.