The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory has arrested 8 suspected foreign rice smugglers in Calabar, Cross River.
Among the suspects arrested for smuggling 1,522 bags of foreign bags of rice is a 16-year-old boy. Commander of NNS Victory, Commodore Idi Abbas said the suspects were arrested in two batches.
The first group of four men were arrested on Sunday August 30, around Tom Short Island with a large wooden boat containing 1,482 bags of foreign parboiled rice. The second group of four persons were arrested on September 2 with two fibre boats, containing 40 bags of foreign rice suspected to have been smuggled from Cameroon.
Abbas told newsmen that the confiscated items and eight suspects will be handed over to the Team Leader of Operation Border Drill for further investigations and prosecution.