Army intercepts 85 bags of smuggled rice in Ebonyi


The Nigerian Army has intercepted 85 bags of smuggled rice in a raid on Abor-Uwani community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

Deputy Director, Public Relations of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Aliyu Yusuf, a colonel, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, that raid was part of the ongoing “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’.

Yusuf said the smuggled bags of rice, each weighing 50kg, were intercepted on December 19th through intelligence received by troops of Sector 6 (Abakaliki) of the exercise.

He said troops on patrol, following a tip-off from the Department of State Security (DSS), raided a compound where a Mercedes Benz truck loaded with 85 bags of suspected smuggled foreign rice was packed.

The suspects Bartholomew Nwankwo, 49, and Nkama Agu, 57, – both from Unwana community in Afikpo North LGA were arrested in connection with the smuggled rice.

The army spokesman added that the suspects, the truck, and the bags of rice had been handed over to the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Internal Affairs for further action.

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