Customs in Katsina intercepts tanker with 33,000 litres of petrol
.Records N61million seizures
.Arrests 9 suspects
By Udeme Clement
The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, katsina Area Command is talking tough on activities of illicit traders in the area, even as the Command recorded seizures of contraband at check-points, as well as border routes between katsina and Niger Republic through intelligence.
The Command also arrested nine suspected smugglers in Katsina State, who attempted to bring in various prohibited items into the country
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Dahiru Abdullahi kirawa, disclosed this to reporters in Katsina.
Kirawa, who is in Acting capacity, expressed displeasure on unpatriotic attitude of some Nigerians in sabotaging government efforts in growing the economy. He showcased seized items worth over N61 million in Duty Paid Value, DPV.
The Command also intercepted a tanker carrying about 33,000 litres of petrol.
The CAC revealed that the fuel tanker was scheduled to discharge the product in Jigawa State but was diverted to Katsina, in order to be smuggled across the border.
Other items seized by the Command include 1,367 bags of foreign rice; 53 bags of imported sugar, 295 jerrycans of vegetable oil; 14 cartons of tiger battery, a truck with secondhand clothings, foot-wears and six vehicles that entered the country through the land border.
The Command also intercepted a bus along unapproved route linking the land border with Niger Republic.
Among the seizures were exotic cars like Toyota Corolla 2019 model and Mercedes C430- 2015 model.
Speaking further, the CAC asked, “If you have the money to purchase these exotic vehicles and goods, why didn’t you pay legitimate taxes to government?
He added, “I am calling on those who have vehicles in detention to come forward, pay duty on them and collect their vehicles. Why don’t we take advantage of these laudable opportunities so that we can improve our economy?
The Customs boss also said that motorcycles were used in conveying the smuggled items into the country.
His words, “Our officers are always alert. We must continue to use intelligence to arrest smugglers.
“We are calling on well-meaning Nigerians to assist us with useful information that will be used in confidence to check smugglers out to destroy our economy.”