Operatives of the Customs Service in both Katsina and Kaduna have announced the seizure of contraband goods with a daily value price of N31.4 million and N232 million, respectively. 

Driving the news 
The intercepted products by the Katsina command include 8 vehicles valued at N8.6 million, foreign rice, pasta, vegetable oil, macaroni, cow skin, premium motor spirit (petrol) and gas cylinders. While the Kaduna State Zone B operatives intercepted 1,314 bags of foreign parboiled Rice, 219,000 tablets of Ladinax and Sifdol, an unregistered pharmaceutical product.

What they are saying 
The Comptroller in charge of Katsina, Alhaji Wada Cedi, has promised that “the service would intensify surveillance on all borders and other routes to ensure compliance.”

  • The Customs Area Controller in charge of the command, Al Bashir Hamisu, through the Public Relations Officer of the command, Mailafiya Magaji, thanking the people of Kaduna State said that their information played a role in the interception of the contrabands

Why it matters 
The ban on the importation and exportation of contraband products by the federal government of Nigeria is to encourage homegrown goods and businesses and also to reduce the dependence of other countries in Africa and the world.

Meanwhile 
The federal government has reopened state borders including Idiroko in Ogun State, Jibiya in Katsina State, Kamba in Kenni State and Ikom in Cross River.

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