Sani Madugu, the new Ogun Area Command Controller of the Nigerian Customs Service has said smugglers now bring in bags of rice and other banned commodities via creeks along the border communities at Idiroko, Ipokia Local Government Area.
Madugu said: “We have discovered one of the new methods of smuggling bags of rice and other prohibited products into Nigeria through Idiroko, is through the creeks in Ipokia.
“The smugglers now use small, small canoes to bring in the bags of rice. They were not aware that we had mounted surveillance there, as they were bringing in the consignments, our operatives swooped on them. In the last three weeks, we have made seizure of 483 of 50kg bags of rice.
“Also, we also intercepted along Idiroko axis two buses with number plates AKD, 674 XU and KJA 635 XU, carrying 721 cartons of croaker fish. Two exotic cars, Mercedes-Benz S-class 2015 model, Toyota corolla 2009 model and one Volvo truck.
“While making a veiled reference to the recent clash between Customs operatives and smugglers around the Tollgate area at Sango-Ota, the Customs boss warned that any smuggler who engaged operatives in gun battle would get “fire for fire.”