The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Sokoto Command – which comprises of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States – has intercepted 585 bags of foreign rice hidden in a petrol tanker with a duty paid value of N11 million.
It also arrested four suspects who allegedly smuggled the 589 bags of imported rice and concealed in the petrol tanker before they were apprehended along Koko-Yawuri road in Kebbi State.
It is understood that the vehicle was heading to Suleja in Niger State when it was intercepted by Customs officers following a tip-off in Kebbi State.
These disclosures were made by the Comptroller of NCS in the 3 States, Mr. Nasir Ahmad, when he spoke to newsmen on Tuesday in Sokoto.
According to him, as at the time the bags of rice were removed from the petrol tank, they were contaminated by black oil, which is dangerous to human health.
The comptroller advised smugglers to find alternative legal means of livelihood and stop undermining the nation’s economy.
“We have already arrested four suspects and they are currently in our custody while we are on the trail of the major owner of the contraband. We will soon get him to face justice,” he said.
According to him, it was the third time the command would be intercepting such illegal goods in a tanker.