The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has confiscated 250 bags of foreign rice concealed inside a fuel tanker and worth over 5.5m of duty paid value.
The Custom officers intercepted the commodity disguised in a fuel tanker along Daura-Kano road on Friday.
Comptroller of the Kano command, Nasir Ahmed noted that the strategies deployed by desperate smugglers are becoming stringent and difficult to detect.
He pointed out that this same method can be used to conceal any form of contraband ranging from drugs, arms, and ammunition into the country.
Comptroller Ahmed, further charged the officers of the Nigerian Customs to brace up in order to arrest the situation at hand through due diligence and intelligence.
On his part, President of Kano Chamber of Commerce, Dalhatu Abubakar, while speaking to newsmen, called out the dealers of locally milled rice for hiking the price of local rice.
According to him, the hike in the price of rice is not helping the government’s drive for the production of the local rice.
Abubakar also beckoned on the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria to make low interest loan available for the rice value chain in other to control the incessant hiking of rice prices.