The Kwara State Police Command has handed over 825 bags of smuggled rice, 15 vehicles and 24 suspects to the Nigeria Customs Service in Kwara State.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, handed over the smuggled rice and the suspects to the Area Controller of Customs in the state, Abba Kasim, who was represented by a Chief Superintendent of Customs, Adamu Yahaya, at the Police Headquarters, GRA, Ilorin, on Friday.
According to Egbetokun, the suspected smugglers were intercepted by the personnel of the Nigerian Navy School of Health Sciences along Irra Road in Offa last week Sunday.
He further recvealed that investigation conducted by the police revealed that 15 of the suspects were drivers hired to convey the smuggled rice from Shaki in Oyo State to various destinations in Kwara State, while the other nine were traders and smugglers, who owned the rice.
The Kwara State Police boss also revealed that the statements of the suspects led to the arrest of nine more suspected smugglers, adding that all the suspects had confessed to the crime of smuggling of a banned product.
“Today, in the spirit of the synergy and cooperation existing among security agencies in Kwara State, the command is handing over 24 suspects and 825 bags of rice to the Nigeria Customs Service in Ilorin for further investigation and prosecution,” Egbetokun stated.
Egbetokun added that the suspects were being handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service for prosecution in the court of law.