Navy seizes 1,522 bags of smuggled rice, arrests eight in Calabar

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Officers of the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory have
arrested eight suspected rice smugglers , among
them a 16- year – old , and seized 1522 bags of foreign rice valued at N73m in separate operations .
Speaking while handing over the suspects and the contraband goods to the Nigeria Customs in
Calabar on Wednesday, the Commander of NNS
Victory, Commodore Idi Abbas , said that in the
first operation last Friday , the patrol team
intercepted two fibre boats while approaching
Parrot Island each laden with about forty bags of foreign parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled from Cameroon .
He said each of the fibre boats had two crew
members, making a total of four persons. The
suspects, who are all Nigerians , were identified as Orisamakin Ademibo, Victor Effiong Iseme , Bassey Sunday and Joseph Asuquo .
In the second operation on Sunday , August 30,
Commodore Abbas said, NNS Victory patrol team on routine patrol round Tom Shot Island
Breakwaters by Agbana- West along Calabar
Channel intercepted and arrested a wooden boat laden with 1482 bags of foreign parboiled rice suspected to have been smuggled from Cameroon . “ The wooden boat smuggled the bags of rice from Dimbola Fishing Port in Limbe in the Republic of Cameroon and destined for Oron in Akwa Ibom State before the interception and eventual arrest.
The boat had four crew members , all Nigerians he said.
The suspects were identified as Effiong Asuquo
Edet, Nathan Andrew Samuel , Victor Okon Asuquo and Peter Samuel Hezekiah .


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