Customs arrests 15 suspected rice smugglers in Yola

The Adamawa and Taraba states joint command of the Nigeria Customs Service has arrested fifteen suspects for re-bagging foreign rice to sell as local rice.

Owolabi Adenusi reports that in spite of closed borders, smugglers are devising dubious means of bringing in the banned food item.

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In the latest raid, 15 suspects were found with 900 bags of rice with duty paid value of N14.5 million. They were being repackaged at a warehouse.

The command said it remains undeterred in enforcing the restriction on the importation of foreign rice and issues this warning to smugglers.

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The Taraba and Adamawa States customs command has mounted strategic posts to ensure smuggled products no longer slip into the country in spite of porous borders.

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