How Security Operatives impounded 251 bags of rice, boat in Akwa Ibom


The Navy has impounded 251 bags of contraband rice in Akwa Ibom state suspected to have been smuggled into the Nigerian maritime border.

A boat belonging to the smugglers has been confiscated after the suspected criminals fled upon sighting the patrol team of the Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, Mbo local government area.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, June 17, the Commanding Officer (FOB) Navy Capt. Suleiman Abdullahi revealed the items had been handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service.

Abdullahi said: “What you are witnessing here today is the handover of 251 bags of rice suspected to be smuggled into the Nigerian maritime border.

“By the directive of the Flag Officer Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. SK Ibrahim, we have zero tolerance for smuggling.

“We have carried out intensive patrol and on June 15, 2021, we seized one wooden boat and 251 bags of smuggled rice. On sighting the patrol team, the smugglers abandoned the rice inside the boat and flee to escape arrest.

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“This is an indication of their awareness of the crime perpetrated by these suspects for them to have abandoned their boat and flee.

“I will like to use this opportunity to warn those maritime criminals that it is not going to be business as usual. That they should desist from their criminal ways and engage in genuine business, otherwise the long arm of the law will catch up on them.”

File photo representational.

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