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Lagos: 162 bags of smuggled rice intercepted offshore

According to the Commodore, the bags of rice were all foreign parboiled rice smuggled into the country from the Republic of Benin.

• July 18, 2021

The Nigerian Navy says it recently intercepted a wooden boat with 162 bags of foreign parboiled rice off the shore of Lagos.

The commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, who made this known in a statement on Sunday said the boat was intercepted at 3:30 p.m. on June 8 when they were on routine patrol. 

“Preliminary investigations by the Base reveals that the bags of rice were all foreign parboiled rice smuggled into the country from the Republic of Benin.

“In line with the Nigerian Navy Standard Operating Procedures, NNS BEECROFT on Friday, July 9, handed over the Cotonou boat and 162 bags of rice to the Nigeria Customs Service,” the Commodore said.

He warned smugglers to steer clear of Lagos maritime environment, adding that the base would be relentless in bringing an end to smuggling within its area of operations in line with the Chief of Naval Staff’s strategic directive for 2021 to 2025.

“As partners for a safe maritime environment, members of the public, especially our host communities, are enjoined to kindly furnish the base with credible information to assist in curbing activities of criminal elements and economic saboteurs,” he appealed.

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