Naval personnel attached to the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory in Calabar, have arrested a large wooden boat laden with 3,574 bags of foreign rice worth N53.6 million smuggled from Cameroon republic.
They also arrested three suspects found in the boat that came from Cameroon and heading for Calabar.
Commander of NNS Victory, Commodore Julius Nwagu, said on Thursday in Calabar that the arrest was made along the Calabar waterway in the early hours of Feb. 27, when they got information about the activities of the suspected smugglers.
Addressing newsmen at the NNS Victory Jetty before handing over the items and suspects to the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nwagu said that it took the command two and half days to offload the bags of rice from the wooden boat.
“In the early hours of Feb. 27, we got information about a boat laden with rice and my patrol team arrested the boat and three suspects on board. We brought the boat to base and offloaded the rice.
“It took us two and a half days to offload the content. After counting, we got 3, 574 bags valued at N53.6million.
“We will hand them over to the Nigerian Customs