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Bill to Imprison Rice Importers Under Consideration by House of Reps

A bill to Imprison personnel involved in rice importation sponsored by Rep. Saidu Musa Abdullahi is being considered by the House of Representatives.

The bill as obtained by Vanguard news is titled “An Act to Provide for the Prohibition of Importation into Nigeria of Rice and the Penalty for the Contravention of the Said Prohibition and other Related Matters”.

The bill which is expected to be passed this month read; “Any person who brings, causes to be brought, induced any other person to bring or attempts to bring Rice into Nigeria, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment, as stipulated in Section 2 of the Export (Prohibition) Act”, which states that “Any person who takes, causes to be taken, induces any other person to take or attempts to take out of Nigeria any of the goods specified in the Schedule to this Act, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for life”.

The bill continued, “(2) in addition to the penalty specified in the subsection. 1, of this section, (a) the rice, as well as any vehicle, vessel, aircraft or another thing whatsoever used in connection with the importation, all the assets, movable, or immovable, including motor vehicles, of any person convicted of the offence, shall be forfeited to the Federal Government.

“Any customs officer or other person who aids, counsels, procures, or conspires with any other person to commit an offence under this section, shall be liable on conviction to the same punishment as prescribed for the offence under subsection (1) of this section.”

The bill further stated that offenders would be prosecuted by the Federal High Court.

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