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Customs impounds 18,816 bags of foreign rice in Kano and Jigawa



Customs impounds rice

By Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Kano-Jigawa area command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Kano has confiscated 18, 816 bags of foreign rice smuggled into the country valued at over N200 million.

The Area Comptroller in charge of the command, Nasir Ahmed disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday.

He said the goods were intercepted at various border towns within  Kano and Jigawa states.

He attributed success, so far achieved to the collaboration, with the Customs Intelligent Unit (CIU), the headquarters, Information Patrol Team (IPT), strike force, Federal Operation and other relevant units of the Service.

”We want to tell the smugglers to have a rethink and look the other way for a new business as 2019 would be a no smuggling year,” he warned.

He also cautioned the youths to desist from smuggling, which he said leads to the rise of drug abuse, as well as the proliferation of illegal arms in the country.

He stressed that agriculture should be encouraged among the youths because “we must do everything possible to save our country, as I do not want to run to Niger Republic, neither can Niger contain all Nigerians.”

He added that the command has impounded not less than 33 vehicles in January this year, used for smuggling foreign rice, noting that, the command is awaiting the owners to come forward and tender their relevant documents.

He also declared that the command has generated N14.7 billion as revenue in 2018.

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