The Nigerian Army has intercepted a petrol tanker conveying 100 bags of contraband foreign rice in Nsukka axis of Enugu state.
Garrison commander 82 division, Brig.-Gen. Christopher Ataki disclosed this on Friday in Enugu.
Handing over the smuggled items to the Nigeria Customs Service in Enugu, commander 82 division garrison, Brig.-Gen. Christopher Ataki, said that troops of 82 division garrison deployed on operation mesa at Inyi checkpoint Nsukka local government intercepted the petrol tanker.
Ataki disclosed that the troops intercepted the tanker on march 3 through reliable intelligence by the vigilant troops deployed at the checkpoint.
according to him, the petrol tanker was intercepted with the driver, Sunny Faisal and his conductor Dahiru Usman, both from Jimeta, Adamawa State.
The commander said that preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle belongs to Bungel Company in Adamawa state; while the items were claimed to belong to someone in Warri, delta state.
Ataki said; “A few days ago, troops of the 82 Division Garrison intercepted the petrol truck.
“The truck was conveying contraband 100 bags of foreign rice and each bag is 50kg, which you can also see at the background.
“On behalf of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Maj.-Gen. Lasisi Adegboye, I handover the truck and its content to the Nigeria Customs Service; so that they continue the investigation on the matter from where we stopped’’.
Speaking while receiving the items, comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service in-charge of Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi command, Maria Baya, thanked the Nigerian army for being partner in the fight against smuggling in the country.
Baya warned members of the public to desist from bringing into the country foreign rice and other contraband goods which she said constitute economic sabotage to the country.
“On behalf of the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service; we want to say a very big thank you to the Nigerian Army.
“The Customs uses this avenue to call on Nigerians to stop smuggling foreign rice.
“It is against the law and the Nigeria Customs Service will deal decisively with anyone caught,’’ she noted.
Other items recovered from the patrol tanker with registration number; YLA 457 ZV included; one bag of beans, one bag of sugar cane and one bag of onions.