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