Dare devil smugglers have been arrested at the Seme border by operatives of the Customs Command of the Nigeria Customs Service for concealing rice as dead bodies.
Officers of the service also arrested a suspected smuggler, Mr. Moses Degbogbahun, who brought in the commodity in a Volvo Car with registration number DV 74 EKY through the border.
The suspect who was arrested around the Aradagun area of Badagry, is said to be a regular user of the Badagry-Seme route.
The mobile patrol team leader, Chief Superintendent of Customs, Mr. Ozah, M. stated that the team noticed the frequency at which the said ambulance was patronizing the international route with the alleged “dead body”, a development they thought was becoming alarming.
The frequency of the movement of the vehicle however aroused the curiosity of the patrol team and necessitated the stoppage of the vehicle (ambulance) for proper examination.
The ambulance was discovered to be carrying Eleven (11) bags of imported rice that was carefully arranged and wrapped as a corpse when examined.
The management of Seme Customs Command however, warned that no amount of smuggling antics along Seme border route will go undetected by the eagle- eyes officers and men of the Command on patrol.
Commenting on the development, The Command’s Public Relations, Mr Taupyen Selchang said that the suspect was still undergoing investigation for possible prosecution at the time of filling this report.
Despite the effort of both the Seme border Command and operatives of the Federal Operations Unit of the service, the activities of smugglers on that axis have remained unabated.