The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has seized goods worth N50.3m from smugglers in different borders routes across the Area Customs Command of Katsina State.
The Acting Comptroller, Katsina Area Command, Alhaji Wada Chedi, said the success recorded was part of the measures and strategies put in place by the command to suppress smuggling activities to the barest minimum and generate more revenue for the country.
He said out of the 18 seizures made from the period of 9th April to 4th May, 2021, nine different vehicles were intercepted with assorted food and non-food items in the process of arriving into the country from Niger Republic.
The items, he said, include 486 bags of 50Kg of foreign parboiled rice, 197 Jerry cans of 25 litres each of vegetable oil, six cartons of 2Kg each of foreign tomato paste, 304 cartons of foreign spaghetti, 21 cartons of foreign couscous, 12 cartons of foreign macaroni, 30 cartons of foreign milky creamer and 32 Jerry cans of Petroleum Motor Spirit as well as 98 bags of 50Kg each of foreign sugar.
“Before the arrest, we sensitized the stakeholders particularly under the command across the Jibia border axis. And we told them the message from the headquarters which is more of incentives that include trade facilitation and ease of doing business.
“And the response we got from them was highly encouraging. We noticed that many of them venture into smuggling in old fashion,” he said.
DC Wada then asked those interested into the business of either importation or exportation to contact the command in order to become a licensed clearing agent that could operate anywhere in the country as against running inside the bushes.