On Friday, officers and men of the Adamawa / Taraba Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) raided the Mubi city market in search of foreign rice and other contraband.
Latest nigeria newspaper reports that the raid, led by the Comptroller, Kamardeen Olumoh, led to seizure of many bags of foreign rice and the arrest of three suspects.
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The customs personnel, with reinforcement from the police, stormed the commercial border town main market around 11 a.m and raided many shops and stores.
Speaking on the development, the Command Comptroller said the raid was in compliance with a directive from the Comptroller-General of the service in Abuja.
“The threat of smuggling around this axis has been alarming for quite some time. The Comptroller General of Customs ordered that the operations be carried out; That Mubi market eliminated all contraband items, especially foreign rice. “Today we are in the market and we can evacuate large quantities of rice, and this is a clear signal for smugglers.
“We are backed by the Law, Section 147 of the Customs and Excise Administration Act has given us the power to enter or search for premises day or night, to enter and enter, make arrests; in fact, without a court order and that is exactly what we did today, “Olumoh said. There were, however, reactions found about the raid on Mubi.
While marketing specialists lamented and condemned it while counting their losses, farmers were happy and praised the exercise as a positive step to boost local rice production.