Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Retired Col. Hameed
Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Retired Col. Hameed

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday disclosed the discovery of new routes taken by smugglers of rice.

The smugglers have been found to move the rice illegally into the country via the border town of Mubi in Adamawa state.

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This was disclosed by the Adamawa/Taraba Area Comptroller, Adetoye Francis, during the inspection of a heavy goods vehicle suspected to be loaded with smuggled rice.

Francis said smugglers use heavy duty trucks supposedly loaded with sand but they are just coverings for bags of rice hidden in an attempt to deceive custom officials.

“They (smugglers) hide under the cover of on-going construction works going on in Mubi by using tippers meant for conveying sand for smuggling. They cover the items with sand.

“The lorry you are seeing here was arrested along the Mubi-Sahuda border road with 52 bags of rice covered with sand,” Francis said.

He commended the officers and men of the Mubi office of the command for their commitment to preventing smuggling at the border town and assured them of his support at all times.

The officer-in-charge of Mubi Unit, Mr Aliyu Bunza, expressed his gratitude for the help his unit has received from security operatives in the area.