Ikeja - The Nigeria Customs Service, Zone `A’, Lagos, has seized more than 3 000 bags of rice smuggled through a creek in Zinvie Village, Ajara in Badagry, Lagos.
The Controller, Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’ Ikeja, Nuhu Mahmoud, said this in Badagry on Thursday after supervising the seizure.
Mahmoud said that the unit placed surveillance on some remote settlements on the creeks of Badagry.
"These seizures were made due to intelligence gathering we were able to get with the help of the community and officers.
"The bags of rice came through a creek and were loaded in some canoes.
"They had already offloaded the bags of rice, but we caught them as soon as they wanted to dispatch the commodities,” he said.
Mahmoud explained that the alleged smuggler erected a mini warehouse near the creek to serve as a storage point.
He commended the customs officers who made the seizure for their commitment to duty.
"Their efforts shall not go unnoticed; they shall be rewarded," he said.
The controller urged members of the public to continue to support the activities of the customs by giving useful information that would help to arrest smugglers.
"This will send a warning signal to other smugglers.
"We need to realise that smuggling is not good for the economy; we must work together to save our economy," he said.