Navy arrests 8 suspected smugglers of foreign rice

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory, has arrested a 16-year-old and seven other suspected smugglers of 1,522 bags of foreign rice in Calabar, Cross River capital.

ConsumerConnect gathered Commodore Idi Abbas, Commander of NNS Victory, who disclosed this reporters Wednesday, said the suspects were intercepted in two batches.

Abbas said that the first group of four men were arrested on Sunday around Tom Short Island with a large wooden boat containing 1,482 bags of foreign parboiled rice.

The Navy chief further revealed that the second group of four persons were arrested on Sept. 28 with two fibre boats, containing 40 bags of foreign rice, suspected to have been smuggled from Cameroon.

He stated that the confiscated items and eight suspects are hereby handed over to the Team Leader of Operation Border Drill for further investigations and prosecution.

“We have been up and doing as part of our patrol effort not only to check smuggling but also curb all forms of criminality within our water ways.

“We are aware that most times when kidnapping is carried out, the fastest way for them to escape is through the creeks, so we have placed our boats at vantage positions that you cannot go into the sea without being seen.

“We all know that times are hard but no matter how hard times are, there are other ways of earning a living legitimately,” he said.

Receiving the suspects and items, Chuks Ofilli, Superintendent of the Nigeria Customs Service, said the procedure of the service was to take the items confiscated to the government warehouse.

The suspects would be handed over to the legal unit, he stated.

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