The raid was part of the ongoing “Exercise Atilogwu Udo 1’’.
Col. Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director, Public Relations of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
Yusuf said that the smuggled bags of rice, each weighing 50kg, were intercepted on Dec. 19 through intelligence received by troops of Sector 6 (Abakaliki) of the exercise.
“Troops on patrol following a tip-off from the Department of State Security (DSS) raided a compound where a Mercedes Benz truck loaded with 85 bags of suspected smuggled foreign rice was packed.
“This was in Abor-Uwani community in Afikpo North Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi State.
“The suspects – Mr Bartholomew Obioha Nwankwo, 49, and Mr Nkama Agu, 57, – both from Unwana community in Afikpo North LGA were arrested in connection with the smuggled rice,’’…