Gahoni Check Point: Customs rejoinder untrue, misleading – Concerned Jibia People
A Concerned group of Jibia People, Masoya Cigaban Karamar Hukumar Jibia has raised some concerns over the recent press release by the Katsina Area Command of the Nigerian Customs regarding news of the Command’s officers denying passage of goods to Jibia on the 23rd of August, 2021.
In a statement signed by the group’s Chairman and Secretary, Suleiman Kalalu and Suleiman Bello respectively, Masoya Cigaban Karamar Hukumar Jibia said Command’s press release is untrue and misleading.
The statement added that the border drill unit had actually attempted stopping vehicles conveying made in Nigeria goods to Jibia until they met coordinated resistance from the transit and travelers.
Below is the content of the statement:
REJOINDER ON PRESS RELEASE BY NIGERIAN CUSTOMS
As concerned Jibia People, we have closely followed up the unfortunate incident that occurred between transit and the Nigeria customs of the border drill unit, at the Gahoni check-point on the 23 August, 2021, around 10.00am.
Pursuant to that, we wish to make the following clarifications to all concerned:
1. That the press release of 23rd August, 2021 prepared by the Nigeria customs service through its public relations officer, claiming they didn’t stop the flow of locally made goods into Jibia on the said date and time was untrue and misleading.
2. That the border drill unit had actually attempted stopping vehicles conveying made in Nigeria goods to Jibia until they met coordinated resistance from the transit and travelers.
3. That since the border closure to date, members of Jibiya traders and marketers have been suffering in the hand of the Nigerian customs service and its allies who frustrates free movement, which according to the local traders, results in the increase in prices of commodities.
Finally, as law abiding citizens, we are not in any way supporting smuggling activities in the area, but rather soliciting the intervention of the Government to arrest the situation.