ABOUT 1,000 bags of smuggled foreign rice have been discovered in a residential apartment in Gombi town in Adamawa State by the Nigerian Customs Services.
According to the Customs Controller in-charge of Adamawa and Taraba states, Mr Kamardeen Olumoh, unpatriotic Nigerians are still engaging in smuggling regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic and total border closure.
He said the smuggled bags of rice were concealed in a residential apartment in Gombi town, and the provider of that apartment will also face the wrath of the law.
“We appeal to leaders at all levels to warn their wards against providing their residences for storage of smuggled goods as such action equally amounts to smuggling. It is five years’ imprisonment without option of fine under Section 47 of the Custom Act for violators” Olumoh said
He said that the owner of the residence, who had escaped, would soon be arrested to face the wrath of the law.
Similarly, the Redeemer’s University in Ede town of Osun State, has donated N2m worth of foodstuffs to the less privileged in Ede town and its environs to calm the pressure of the current lockdown hardship occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic. The food stuffs made available included rice, beans and garri.
The vice chancellor of the school, Professor Anthony Akilno said that the gesture was part of the university’s corporate social responsibilities.
The VC, while speaking during the donation of the items at the palace of Oba Munirudeen Lawal, the Timi of Edeland, noted that the gesture was borne out of the founding principle of the university’s proprietor to foster harmony in the society by always taking care of the poorest of the poor in the society.
He stressed that there is no better time to extend helping hands to the vulnerable in the society than now that the pangs of the coronavirus is severe because of the lockdown.
Akinlo further stated, “this donation is also with focus to supporting government’s efforts towards the enforcement of the lockdown. Hence, people of extreme low-income status might want to violate the order out of lack of what to eat to stay indoors.
With food in their homes, they would have no reason to go out to look for what to eat, thereby reducing the risk of contracting or exposing themselves and others to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Oba Lawal commended the management of the university for its leadership and corporate social responsibility roles so far in the town.