ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Kano Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said it generated N6.9 billion as revenue for November, its Comptroller, Mr. Dauda Ibrahim Chana, disclosed on Monday.
Chana, who controls the command that covers Kano and Jigawa states, also noted: “We have also seized 2,817 bags of foreign rice, 1,428 pieces of used tyres, 250 Jerry cans of 25-litre vegetable oil and 690 cartoons of foreign soap.
“Other seized items are 429 bales of second-hand clothes, 1,226 packages of royal tramadol, 470 blocks of compressed Indian hemp and 1,530 cartons of foreign spaghetti.
The comptroller said that the command had introduced more sensitive security measures to prevent all forms of smuggling in the area.
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“We have already positioned our officers at strategic locations to deal decisively with all those involved in illegal materials”, it added.
He said that the area command had ordered the deployment of officers to border posts in Maigatari in the Gumel Local Government area of Jigawa to intensify efforts at mitigating the activities of smugglers.
“The order was also sent to officers at the Jeke outpost in Babura Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
“We are battle-ready to end smuggling through our various strategies, in place to pave the way for the arrest and prosecution of smugglers,” the comptroller said.
Chana solicited the support of traditional rulers and stakeholders in sensitising residents on the negative effects of smuggling on the nation’s economy.
“We have also reached out to youths in the border communities to assist our field officers with required intelligence information that will assist in curbing all forms of smuggling activities.
“The command’s area of coverage is a no-go area for smugglers as competent officers have been stationed at identified illegal smuggling routes to ensure arrests and prosecution of offenders.”
He also solicited the support of stakeholders in mobilising residents to shun smuggling and embrace the export of local goods.