From Oluseyi Dasilva Iorin
Nigerian Naval command, Offa, Kwara state has intercepted 825 bags of rice smuggled through Oyo state to Kwara sate.
Speaking with Journalists during a parade of the suspected smugglers and the items in their possession in Offa on Sunday, Commandant Nigeria Navy School of Health Sciences, Captain Ayodele Ogunniyi Olowolagba, said that the arrest was made at about 5:00 am on Sunday.
“This morning at about 0500 hours that’s 5am this morning July 7, 2019, while conducting checks at the old check point, opposite Nigerian Navy School of Health Sciences, Offa gate, (because we have both the right and left check points security in front of the school), 15 vehicles both Peugeot and golf cars were arrested.
“Each of them carry 55 bags of foreign rice, totalling 825 bags of rice. The commodities in the car would be handed over to the police from this moment till about 14:10 hours.
“Nigerian Navy is a friendly force. We are very friendly even with the immediate community. With the security services we carry around Offa and Kwara state, we would not do anything inimical to the success of all the activities of the government in power. We are committed to making sure that all the activities of the government are carried out peacefully. That is why all of us are here. As I said earlier, we would hand over all the 15 vehicles with all the 825 bags of foreign rice to the Nigerian police in the presence of the Customs.
Speaking further, the Commandant, said that the Nigerian Navy School of Health Science, Offa has been conducting security test on designated check points situated along Ira Road, Oyun local government area, located in front of the school.
One of the suspects, Ahmad Mustafa, a driver of one of the vehicles, confessed to the crime, saying that he was coming from Shaki with the commodity for sale in Offa, Kwara state.
Mustafa, who said that he was not the owner of the rice, added that he was sent by a man called Pilot who lives in Shaki, Oyo State adding that he was plying the Offa road for the first time.