The Nigerian Navy on Sunday said it has intercepted about 825 bags of smuggled rice coming from Oyo to Kwara state. The Commandant Nigeria Navy School of Health Sciences, Captain Ayodele Olowolagba, who disclosed this while parading the suspected smugglers and their smuggled items in Offa, said the arrest was made at about 5:00 a.m. on Sunday.
“This morning at about 0500 hours that’s 5 am this morning July 7, 2019, while conducting checks at the old checkpoint, opposite Nigerian Navy School of Health Sciences, Offa gate, (because we have both the right and left checkpoints security in front of the school), 15 vehicles both Peugeot and golf cars were arrested.
“Each of them carries 55 bags of foreign rice, totaling 825 bags of rice. The commodities in the car would be handed over to the police in the presence of the Customs.
“Nigerian Navy is a friendly force. We are very friendly even with the immediate community. With the security services we carry around Offa and Kwara State, we would not do anything inimical to the success of all the activities of the government in power. We are committed to making sure that all the activities of the government are carried out peacefully.
“This is part of our efforts to beef up security in Offa and his neighboring towns. In the course of carrying this exercise daily, Nigerian Navy personnel has been encountering persons carrying illicit acts to the extent that they often threaten to deal with security personnel on official duty.
“Despite the threat, the personnel are uncompromising and resolute in carrying out their legal duties to the nation. This is despite the allegation by these smugglers that the Navy personnel are compromising,” he said.
Meanwhile, one of the drivers arrested by the security operatives, Ahmad Mustafa confessed to the crime.