By Yakubu Uba
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has uncovered new strategies of smuggling rice on the industrial border city of Mubi in Adamawa.
The Adamawa/Taraba Area Comptroller of the service, Mr Adetoye Francis, stated this whereas inspecting a tipper lorry truck and two tricycles loaded with suspected smuggled rice in Mubi city on Wednesday.
Francis warned smugglers that the service beneath the current administration has zero tolerance for any act of financial sabotage.
He stated that the command had recognized new methods smugglers adopted to conduct their nefarious actions comparable to utilizing tipper lorries carrying sand with baggage of rice beneath the sand in an try to deceive customized officers.
“They (smugglers) are utilizing the quilt of on-going building work happening in Mubi through the use of tippers meant for conveying sand for smuggling by protecting the gadgets with sand.
“The lorry you are seeing here was arrested along the Mubi-Sahuda border road with 52 bags of rice covered with sand,” Francis stated.
He recommended the officers and males of the Mubi workplace of the command for his or her dedication to verify smuggling on the border city and warranted them of help in any respect time.
The comptroller, who additionally addressed some members of Mubi enterprise group, cautioned them on the hazards of smuggling on the financial system and the results if caught.
Earlier, the Officer-in-Charge of Mubi Unit, Mr Aliyu Bunza, who narrated the successes recorded by the unit in checking the actions of smugglers across the border city, lauded the help and cooperation the command is receiving from different safety operatives within the space.
Also talking, some representatives of Mubi enterprise group, Alhaji Sanusi Hassan and Malam Sali Manaja, declared help of their members to customs’ effort to verify smuggling.
They promised to proceed to coach their members towards smuggling. (NAN)