Photo: Omeiza Balogun

The Nigeria Customs Services say more collaboration is needed from the public in the fight against smugglers bent on sabotaging economic effort of the Federal government.

The National Coordinator, Comptroller General of Customs, CG Compliance Team, Ahmed Azerema made this known when he conducted newsmen during a raid on illegally imported goods in Owerri, Imo State.

Azerema said Nigerians can assist government and the service in the fight by refusing to patronize items banned by government.

He explained that smugglers have devised new means of carrying out their illegal activities and added that such conducts were exposed by officers and men of the team due to their dedication to duty.

‘’These rice has you all know is a household issue and government does not want it. Government wants us to produce our rice so that we can provide jobs for our teeming youths and also to safeguard the health of our citizens. For every bag of rice imported to Nigeria, good number of Nigerians have been put out of job while creating jobs for foreigners.’’  He said.

The Custom Boss who listed the seized items to include 2, 286 of 50kg bags of rice worth N74, 856, 000; 1, 028 20kg bags of rice N8, 224, 000 and 111 bales of used foreign cloths worth 10, 656, 000 said the rice were concealed using used foreign motor spare parts.

He said two suspects are currently under investigation for their involvement in the seizure and would be charge to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

Omeiza Balogun/ Edo