The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that its men had intercepted a vessel carrying over 5,000 bags of rice valued at N50 million.
Mr. Dan Ugo, the Controller of Customs, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos.
According to Ugo, the vessel was intercepted on the high sea between Republic of Benin and Agbara around 3.00 am on Sunday by the customs patrol team.
“The seizure was in line with the NCS’s efforts in trying to reduce smuggling through the Nigerian borders and canals,” he said.
Ugo said that the service had strengthened its operations in tacking the menace of smuggling of rice into the country and was determined to ensure that such dubious acts were checked.
“We will tow the vessel from the high sea, but we have to reduce the contents by smaller boats to fast-track the evacuation.”