The Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy have intercepted 575 bags of rice valued at N2,616,250.
Customs Area Controller, in charge of the Badagry command ,Comptroller Umar Yusuf while conducting journalists round the jetty where the seizures were, accompanied by the Commanding Officer NNS Beecroft; Navy Commodore Abraham Adaji, said that the smuggled items were intercepted around Badagry axis in Lagos by patrol officers of both agencies.
Comptroller Umar reiterated that no suspect was arrested during the operation, explaining that the officers intercepted two wooden boats laden with the staple food.
“On sighting the patrol officers, the daredevil smugglers in the process of evading arrest escaped into the creeks at Itonhu jetty,” the comptroller said.
According to him, “the boat, in the process of trying to evade arrest escaped into a creek at Itonhu jetty where it hit a hard surface that broke it and high tidal wave resulted in it sunk and a large quantity of the bags of rice were drown in the water. The officers were able to salvage the remaining bags of rice and brought them to the command’s base”.
He stated that a total of 575 bags valued at N2,616,250 and with Duty Paid Value of N4,447,625, were seized.
The customs boss also lauded effort by the Nigerian Navy in stemming the tide on criminal activities on waters, saying that the synergy between the two agencies of government is yielding positive results.
On his part, Commanding Officer of NNS Beecroft, Navy Commodore Abraham Adaji stressed the need for further inter-agency collaboration, saying that intelligent gathering by both agencies has paid off in recent time.
Commodore Adaji maintained that both agencies have relevant contact in the area of communication to curb smuggling activities at the creeks.
He further stressed the navy’s role in the creeks is only to complement customs operations with the use of patrol boats.