Customs seizes 140 smuggled gas cylinders, 678 fertiliser bags in Katsina
Customs confiscates N185m smuggled gas cylinders, fertilizer in Katsina
The operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Federal Operations Unit, Zone B, says it has confiscated no fewer than 140 gas cylinders and 678 bags of NPK fertilisers being smuggled in trailers into the country from Niger Republic through Katsina State.
This was revealed to newsmen by Mustapha Sarki-Kebbi, Zone B Controller on Saturday in Katsina.
The controller said that the items had a Duty Paid Value of N185 million.
Mr Mustapha Sarki – Kebbi also said that the three vehicles conveying the items were also seized.
He said that the seizures were made a week ago along Jibia-Agangaro road in Jibia Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Sarki-Kebbi said that the country’s borders remained closed and any goods brought in through the borders would be apprehended.
He said that the arrest was for security and safety reasons, adding that the cylinders were old and criminals could use them to kill people.
The controller also said that the command arrested another truck carrying 678 bags of NPK fertilizers, which was banned from being imported into the country.
According to him, criminals use NPK fertilizers to endanger people’s lives.
Mr Sarki-Kebbi added that the customs also seized 200 smuggled used tyres, 578 bags of foreign rice, 322 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 90 bales of second-hand clothes and soap, among others.
According to him, the closure of the country’s borders would enhance local production.