The Ogun State Area Command, Nigeria Customs Service, has stated that it intercepted a petrol tanker with about 25 other vehicles loaded with smuggled bags of rice.
Speaking at the command’s Idiroko border office on Thursday as regards the interceptions, Hassan Gangua, the new Area Controller, said that the incidents were recorded in different parts of the state in the last two weeks.
He also noted that the MAN diesel petrol tanker with number plate, FST 51 XE, was specially built for smuggling.
According to the area controller, the tanker, which was filled to capacity with the smuggled rice, was intercepted by customs operatives on Monday November 15, 2016, along the Idiroko border area, on its way to Lagos.
“This interception was made 24 hours after my arrival by our gallant officers,” he stated.
In the same vein, the customs intercepted 25 cars with built-in compartments, loaded with bags of smuggled rice in the Idiroko area.
Also, a trailer was intercepted at the Lagos-Sagamu highway with about 500 bags of rice on Monday November 21, 2016.
He said, “The goods, which were neatly packed, were being taken to the Eastern part of the country to be sold in the open market.”
The area controller said that three persons – Anthony Nwapa, Osunkwo Chukwu and Hyginus Igbokwe – have been apprehended in connection with the seizure, while preliminary investigation was ongoing.