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Nigeria Customs Reveals Jail Term For Anyone Who Smuggles Rice


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The Nigerian Customs Service has ruled that anyone who smuggles a bag of rice into the country will be made to face a jail term of three years.

This was stated by the Nigerian Customs Service Comptroller General, Col. Hamid Ali (rtd), while he was addressing border communities of Nigeria/Niger at Maigatari local government in Jigawa State yesterday.

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According to Ali, the continuous act of smuggling food items that have been banned into the country play major parts in destroying the country’s economy.

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“Federal Government is making efforts to improve Agriculture especially rice farming but the foreign rice been imported to the country massively through illegal borders is sabotaging government policies.

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“Most of these rice are being imported by you on a motorcycle through illegal borders,” Hamid Ali stated.

“No compromise, anybody found culpable will be prosecuted accordingly and the minimum punishment for smuggling a single bag of rice is three years jail term,” he stated.

He called on communities around the border to join the government in fighting illicit importation of banned food items.

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Ali further warned security operatives to be very vigilant and fooster a cordial relationship with borders communities member.

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