The Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said that it recorded a seizure of the highest number of bags of rice in one operation in its history of fighting smuggling. The unit seized over 10,000 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice.
The unit’s spokesman, Uche Ejesieme attested to it that it was the highest recorded in a singular operation in the history of the anti smuggling unit.
According to him, the seizure was intercepted at the jungle of Igbesa creeks, Lusada Area of Ogun State by a patrol team coordinated by the unit’s acting controller, Deputy Comptroller Turaki Usman, and having Deputy Comptroller in charge of Enforcement, Orobiyi Felix and other senior officers and men of the unit.
The image maker pointed out that due to the volatile nature of the area, which he claimed usually makes it increasingly difficult for its officers to intercept smuggled rice in the area, the unit sought the assistance of neighbouring commands of Seme, Idiroko and other security agencies including the Nigerian Navy, Army and Civil Defense Corp to beef up security in the area for the evacuation of the seized goods.
He said the seizure which value was yet to be determined as at press time was as a result of intelligence gathering of the unit.