The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory has arrested eight suspected smugglers of 1,522 bags of foreign rice in Calabar, Cross River.
News Agency of Nigeria reported that a 16-year-old and seven other suspect were arrested.
The Commander, NNS Victory, Commodore Idi Abbas, disclosed that the suspects were intercepted in two batches.
Abbas said that the first group of four men were arrested on Sunday around Tom Short Island with a large wooden boat containing 1,482 bags of foreign parboiled rice.
He further revealed that the second group of four persons were arrested on Sept. 28 with two fibre boats, containing 40 bags of foreign rice, suspected to have been smuggled from Cameroon.
According to him, the confiscated items and eight suspects are hereby handed over to the Team Leader of Operation Border Drill for further investigations and prosecution.