Officials of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone D, have seized a tanker without a registration number, loaded with 502 bags of parboiled rice weighing 50kg each.
This was revealed by Musa Ibrahim Jalo, the customs comptroller in charge of the area, while showcasing the bags of rice on Friday.
According to Jalo, the truck was intercepted along Bauchi-Gombe axis with the 502 bags of rice valued at N61 million.
“On the 4th of October, at about 08:00 hours, my operatives on credible intelligence stumbled upon this tanker truck suspected to conceal uncustomed goods along the Bauchi/Gombe road,” said Jalo.
“And upon examination, some five hundred and two (502) foreign parboiled rice were uncovered from the compartment of the truck”.
Jalo said the goods and the tanker had been impounded according to the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) CAP C45 LFN 2004.
While warning recalcitrant smugglers to desist from their nefarious activities or face the wrath of the law, he appreciated patriotic citizens for providing the service with useful information that was contributing positively to the fight against economic saboteurs.
The Federal Operations Unit, Zone D, with headquarters in Bauchi, comprises all the northeastern states in addition to Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa State.
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