Contraband rice: Customs seize 1,200 bags in Ogun

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The Ogun  Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) says  it has  intercepted two trucks laden with  1,200 bags of  rice.
Mr Ade Dosunmu, the state Controller of NCS, made this known in  Idi-Iroko, Ogun, while addressing newsmen.

Dosunmu said that the seizure, which occurred at Owode-Yewa on the  Idi-Iroko border route in Yewa South Local Government Area of the state, followed  a tip-off.
“The smugglers  put up resistance  as they prevented NCS officials from performing their official duties.
“The smugglers engaged officers and men of the NCS in a gun duel, forcing the latter to call for reinforcement from the state’s Military Task force,  “Operation Mesa.”
“Following the successful intervention of men of the ‘’Operation Mesa,’’ the NCS officials had to transfer about 600 bags of rice to their 15 Hilux patrol vans following the mechanical problems developed by one of the affected trucks,” Dosunmu said.
The NCS boss  also advised the residents  of the area to always engage in lawful businesses.
According to him, the economy of Nigeria will  be in jeopardy should such illegal business continue  unchecked in the state.

-The Punch
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