April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

Customs Intercepts Niger-Bound Food Items In Trucks

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Kano Area Command, has intercepted four trucks of food items as part of efforts to tackle smuggling.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the Service, Saidu Nuradeen, on Tuesday in Kano, personnel of the Service intercepted vehicles transporting a significant quantity of food items intended for illegal export along Hadejia–Taura–Ringim axis in Jigawa.

He listed the items to include 1,505 cartons of big and small sized dried fish, 17 bags of local rice and two bags of beans.

Nuradeen stated that the seizure underscores the relentless effort of the Service to enforce the border closure policy aimed at safeguarding the nation’s economy and ensuring food security.

“Smuggling undermines legitimate trade channels, poses risks to public health and deprives the government of much needed revenue.

“The NCS reiterates its unwavering commitment to combat smuggling activities across all entry points into the country,” he said.

Urging members of the public to provide credible information to enable it to stem smuggling, Nuradeen restated commitment to curb illicit activities to protect local industries and enhance food security.

Meanwhile, the Zonal Coordinator, Zone B, Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, IQ Ibudu, called on the Maigatari border community to be vigilant and abide by the land border closure in line with the ECOWAS directives.

She said the government adopted proactive measures to address social and economic challenges bedeviling the country.

Also, the Controller, Kano/Jigawa Area Command, Dauda Ibrahim Chana, enjoined border communities to cooperate with the Service and other security agencies to safeguard border posts.

He assured them that the Service was committed to address their needs, especially in terms of community relations.

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