3039 bags of contraband foreign rice worth about N46 million have been seized by men of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory, Calabar in Bakassi Local Government of Cross River State.
Quoting the Commander of NNS Victory, Commodore Julius Nwagu, The Nation reported that, the seizure is the largest so far by the Navy in the state, even as he vowed that they would not relent in their war against importation of foreign rice.
Nwagu said as part of the fight, they would soon move into the markets to mop up foreign rice.
Conducting reporters round the seized items at the Government Warehouse, Customs Yard in Calabar, Nwagu said it was smuggled into Nigeria from Cameroon through Effiong Nsung community in Bakassi.
“The Navy apprehended Lawrence Onaka with 3039 bags of rice. The four trucks used in conveying the rice alongside four outboard engines and those goods alongside the suspect have been handed over to the officials of the Nigeria Customs Service. The value of the rice is about N46 million,” he said.
The commander said the Navy has zero tolerance for crimes in the nation’s waterways and will collaborate with sister security agencies to fight them.