The Nigerian Navy in Akwa Ibom has arrested five suspects and seized 370 bags of smuggled rice from them.
Speaking, yesterday, in Ibaka during the hand over of the suspects and the seized bags of 50kg rice to the Nigeria Customs Service, the Commanding Officer, Forward Operating Base, Captain Toritseju Vincent, said the navy has made consistent arrests of illegally smuggled rice in its drive to fulfill its anti-smuggling patrol functions.
“So an arrest was made on Monday, the 12th of August 2019 of these five suspects with a large wooden boat conveying 370 bags of rice. I want to use this opportunity to thank the Customs for the continuous and unwavering support to curb this menace,” he said.
One of the suspects, Robin Sunday Robin, from Mbo Local Government Area of the state said he was hired as a water bailer to bring in the smuggled rice from Cameroon.
He said that was his first time as a water bailer and he was not aware that bringing in rice from Cameroon was against the law.