The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory has arrested a 16-year-old and seven others who were suspected of smuggling 1522 bags of foreign rice in Calabar, Cross River Nigeria.
Journalists, during the parade on Wednesday the 2nd of September 2020, the Commander of NNS Victory, Commodore Idi Abbas, disclosed that the suspects were divided into two groups.
Idi Abbas stated that the first group of four men were arrested on Sunday, the 30th of August 2020, around Tom Short Island, Nigeria, with a large wooden boat that had 1482 bags of foreign parboiled rice.
He also stated that the second group of four people were then arrested afterwards with two fibre boats, containing 40 bags of foreign rice, which were suspected to have been smuggled from Cameroon.
Idi Abbas also stated that the confiscated items and the eight suspects are handed over to the Team Leader of Operation Border Drill for further investigations and prosecution.
He said they have been all over trying to check smuggling but also make sure that all crimes are checked and people are prosecutes accordingly.
They have also placed their boats at vantage positions so that people cannot go into the sea without being noticed whether they are smuggling illegal items or trying to kidnap people because this is the fastest way for criminals to go unnoticed.
“We all know that times are hard but no matter how hard times are, there are other ways of earning a living legitimately,” he said.
Receiving the suspects of the smuggling and items they had on the boats, Superintendent of the Nigerian Customs Service, Chuks Ofilli, said the procedure of the service was to take the items confiscated to the government warehouse.
He said that the suspects would be handed over to the legal unit.