Klang cops arrest three Nigerians, cripple cooking oil smuggling ring

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ACP S Vijaya Rao (second, left) shows the cooking oil package with the kettles during a press conference at North Klang District Police (IPD) headquarters on June 30, 2022. – Bernama peak

Thursday, June 30, 2022 6:29 PM MYT

KAPAR, June 30 – Police have arrested three Nigerians in Klang for allegedly smuggling subsidized cooking oil into their country by concealing the merchandise in kettles and rice cookers for export.

North Klang District Police Chief ACP S Vijaya Rao said the suspects, aged between 30 and 40, were arrested when police raided a vehicle parts store in Bandar Baru Klang around 2 p.m. three days ago.

Police seized 1,100 packets of cooking oil, 225 kettles and 51 units of electrical appliances, all valued at RM18,910, in the raid, which was carried out following public complaints, it said. he said at a press conference here today.

“Their modus operandi was to buy subsidized cooking oil from locals and hide up to three packets in a kettle or electric rice cooker to ship to Nigeria in containers.

“We believe the high price of cooking oil in Nigeria prompted the suspects to smuggle the items. We are conducting further investigations to determine the amount of cooking oil smuggled out,” he said. -he adds.

Vijaya Rao said the passports of the three suspects expired three years ago and they had been renting the business premises for five years.

The suspects were remanded in custody for four days until tomorrow, he added. — Bernama

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