The Nigerian Customs Service has bagged a 3-year jail-term for anybody who smuggles a bag of rice into Nigeria.
The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service Col. Hamid Ali (rtd), revealed this while addressing the border communities of Nigeria/Niger at Maigatari L.G.A in Jigawa State on Thursday.
Hameed Ali said that the act of smuggling contrabands food items into the country plays a key role in dangering the economy of the country.
“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 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 also urged border communities to support the efforts of the government in fighting illicit importation of contrabands food items into Nigeria, which is detrimental to citizen’s health by feeding security agencies with useful information.
Ali also warned security operatives to be watchful, vigilant and cordial with other members of the borders communities.