The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a petrol tanker conveying contraband rice.

The Adamawa/Taraba Zonal command of the NCS Thursday said in Yola the tanker had 358 50kg bags of rice piled up in the belly of the petrol tanker being conveyed to a destination when it was seized, according to the Daily Post.

Credible intelligence led to the interception of the fuel tanker, NCS area controller of the Adamawa/Taraba command – Olaniyi Alajogun – told the media.

“Using petrol tanker to carry rice is a deceptive method that fraudsters now use,” he said.

He added: “From all indications, the tanker was never used to carry petrol. Even after bringing out the rice, there was no hint that the bags were concealed in a tanker. I think what they do now is to construct tankers purposely to smuggle rice.

“So, it’s not every vehicle designed as a fuel tanker that carries fuel. This particular tanker (the seized one), I don’t think it ever carried fuel.”


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