The Nigeria Custom Service has restrategised plans in achieving full compliance with the recent Government’s directives for the partial closure of borders in the country.
The Comptroller of the Niger and Kogi State Area Command, Alhaji Yusuf Kassim said this during an interaction with the media in Minna, the State Capital.
Alhaji Kassim commended the assistance of other security agencies within the North Central State’s of Niger and Kogi for their efforts in enforcing the partial border closure by the Nigerian Government.
Explaining plans adopted by the Customs in curtailing the activities of smugglers in the Zone, he stated “that the command had made 34 seizures in the last three month with a duty value of N143,405,200.”
This seizure according to Alhaji Kassim; includes 3529 (50kg) bags of foreign Rice, with a duty paid value of N62,159,700, 29 exotic Vehicles with a duty paid value of N 32,333,500, and 1018 sacks of second Hand cloths with a duty Value of N48,912,000.
He emphasised that the “Nigerian Customs Service is tremendously doing well in suppressing smuggling activities within the borders and shores of the country despites certain challenges.”
The Area Command Comptroller said “the partial closure of the border has gone a long way in boosting economic activities within the country.”
He however urged the Communities along Nigeria’s border with other countries to always cooperate with security agencies saddled with monitoring illegal activities with their axis.
The partial closure of the border, according to report was due to the massive smuggling activities, especially Rice and other items with the aim of bringing an end to the practice.