Customs worried over rice smuggling across Ogun/Lagos border with Benin

Customs seize smuggled rice worth N600bn The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized rice worth N597.7 billion brought into the country through the borders between January and august this year. The worth of the commodity confiscated during the period was higher when compared with N330.5 billion value of the good seized in the same period in 2015. The agency Spokesman, Wale Adeniyi, who made this known in Abuja said that the increase in the seizures was partly due to the working relationship with Republic of Benin Customs which facilitated the spate of confiscation of rice along the borders between both countries.

Nigeria Customs Service has expressed concern over the sudden rise in the rate of rice smuggling across the Nigeria’s border into Ogun and Lagos States from Benin Republic.

Federal operating unit, zone a, overseeing the two states, said the rise in the smuggled rice was noticed since last May 16, when the Ramadan began.

The Customs Area Comptroller, Mohammed Uba, addressing newsmen in Ikeja, Lagos, said between last May 16 and June 12, about 15 trailers loaded with smuggled rice were intercepted in the axis.

Before the period, the area customs comptroller, explained that only nine trailers load of smuggled rice were intercepted between May 1 and May 16.

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