Nigeria Customs arraigns four smuggling suspects over evasion of imports duties on rice


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By James Ogunnaike

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area 1 Command, Idiroko, on Wednesday arraigned four members of a smuggling syndicate before the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, for importing foreign rice into the country without payment of the approved Import Duties.

The four suspects, Azeez Zonu, Ebenezer Adeyemi, Adeniyi Olalekan and Salahudeen Taiye, were arraigned on a-five count charge bothering on smuggling, evasion of imports duties, possession of smuggled items, as well as assisting in smuggling among others.

In the charge sheet preferred against them with suit numbers: FHC/AB/73C/2021, FHC/AB/74C/2021, FHC/AB/75C/2021 and  FHC/AB/71C/2021 respectively, the accused persons were allegedly caught with several bags of foreign rice  imported into Nigeria with motorcycles and cars through unapproved routes for the purpose of evading payment of the stipulated import duties.

When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, the…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper