The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit, Zone B, Katsina State has said that it confiscated 3,309 bags of foreign rice from smugglers in November 2017.
The Comptroller, NCS, Katsina, Alhaji Usman Dakingari, stated this on Friday in Katsina, the capital, during a press briefing. He further said that the unit also seized several cartons of other groceries which includes 209 cartons of spaghetti, 181 bags of sugar and 461 jerrycans of vegetable oil.
According to him, other items seized from the smugglers include 79 cartons of mosquito coils, 157 bales of second-hand clothes and six vehicles, adding that all seized items had a combine Duty Paid Value of N652.9m.
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He said, “We will continue to ensure that foreign rice and other prohibited commodities are not smuggled into the country.”
While expressing dismay at the attitude of most residents of border communities engaged in the illicit business of smuggling, Dakingari said, “If you told them that smuggling was bad, they would ask you what business you wanted them to do if they stopped it because, for them, it is something they inherited.”
He stressed the need for stakeholders to intensify efforts towards enlightening residents of border communities on the dangers of smuggling and its consequences on the nation’s economy and health of the people.