Operation Silent Heat impound 1,637 bags smuggle rice, arrest suspects

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By Joy Odor

The troops of Operation SILENT HEAT III  has intercepted and arrest a large wooden boat containing 50kg parboiled rice suspected to be smuggled in from the Republic of Cameroon.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General JOHN ENENCHE stated this in a press statement in Abuja.

According to him, this is in continuation of aggressive clearance operation against economic sabotage and other sundry crimes in the South-South zone of the country.

He noted that the gunboats of Forward Operating Base IBAKA on Saturday 17 October 2020 while on routine patrol along Utan Iyata Creek arrested the boat.

Gen. Enenche said a total of 1,637 bags of 50kg parboiled rice was recovered and 2 suspects were arrested.

The Defence Media Co-ordinator said currently the suspects are being profiled and would subsequently be handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service component of Operation SWÌFT RESPONSE South-South border drill along with the bags of rice for further action.

The Military High Command therefore commends the gallant troops for their dexterity and encourages them to remain resolute in the fight against economic sabotage in the country.

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