Goods and vehicles seized by the Katsina Command of the Nigeria Customs Service were yesterday, decimated by an early morning fire that gutted some portion of the Command’s office in Katsina. Vanguard Reports
The Command’s Comptroller, Olusemire Kayode, who affirmed the occurrence during a briefing in the state, said the Command had been under danger and that the fire presumably could be an act of sabotage.
Kayode said: “Unfortunately, this morning we had an incident of fire around 4:30 a.m. Officers on duty called to inform me that there was an act of fire in the office.
“Probably, it is an act of incendiary or sabotage. We have been threatened, called names because the people are feeling the effect of what we are doing here. We receive threats through phone calls; they call to harass us, using unknown numbers. He said
On the threat, Comptroller Kayode said he has visited the Emir of Katsina to seek his intervention to checkmate the menace.
“Two days ago, we went to complain to the Emir and appeal to him to help us talk to his wards about the ills of smuggling activities in the state.
“The business of smuggling is an issue that has been affecting the economy of the country most especially on rice, vegetable oil, spaghetti.
“These items are available in Nigeria, so we do not need to unnecessarily import or smuggle to Nigeria.”