According to a report by the PUNCH, the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, says it has sealed a warehouse in Lagos for importing 4000 baggage of overseas parboiled rice, which is equal to seven truckloads of rice.
The NCS says the luggage of rice had been seized inside eight weeks. Speaking just lately in Ikeja, Lagos, the coordinator of Team A, Controller General of Customs Strike Force, Muhammad Yusuf, mentioned that the service obtained the knowledge of importation of that amount of rice from a terminal operator.
Explaining additional, he mentioned that the bonded warehouse operator, who observed that the container he was anticipating had been diverted, knowledgeable officers of the event.
He mentioned that three suspects had been arrested in reference to the seizures.
“We made this seizure in collaboration with a terminal operator. The terminal operator found that the container he was anticipating has been diverted and knowledgeable us and we went into motion. We spent three days there and finally found the container in a warehouse.
“We have sealed up the warehouse. The warehouse was about one-storey constructing and contained in the constructing, there was an open house. We took supply of the consignment and sealed the place. Since then, no person has come for the warehouse.
“We have suspects, of course. Because of the sensitive nature of these seizures, we have extended the time for the suspects so that they won’t access bail while the investigations are going on. We have three suspects.”
Yusuf mentioned that importers of the luggage of rice had been within the behavior of bringing in merchandise with out paying duties.
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