The Katsina Area Command of the Nigerian Customs Service said it is experiencing a decline in revenue collection due to incessant attacks by gunmen, commonly called bandits, in the area.
At a press briefing on Thursday, the command said it collected N99,777,343 between 1 July and 10 August
The Area Controller of the Nigerian Customs in the state, Wada Chedi, said the activities of the gunmen along the Jibia axis of the state have greatly impeded the revenue collection role of the customs.
Katsina, like many other states in the North-west and a part of the North-central, has been witnessing a series of bandits’ attacks that led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of many others.
Jibia, a border town in Katsina State, has also had its shares of such attacks despite the presence of security checkpoints on the road.
Mr Chedi said despite the security situation, his officers succeeded in seizing smuggled items worth N73,675,024.
He said the command collected N538,406,126 from export in the period under review.
Mr Chedi said: “10,827.40 metric tons of items such as cement, hibiscus flower, chilli pepper, animal feeds, tamarind, and beverages with free on board of N538,406,126 were exported.
“During the period under review, we were also able to intercept different vehicles, including truck and grader caterpillar worth more than N45.5 million.
“We also succeeded in seizing one used motorcycle with the duty value of N60,000 and also 447 bags of foreign rice worth more than N13.2 million.
“We seized 337 cartons of Spaghetti worth more than N2 million, 32 cartons of Macaroni worth N192,000, 115 kegs of petrol and 89 kegs of diesel amounting to more than N1.7 million.
“Other items seized were 126 bags of 50kg and 25kg bags of foreign flour worth more than over N1.9 million, and seven cartons of milky creamer milk worth N141,750,’’ he said.
Mr Chedi said the seizure of vehicles used for smuggling has helped in reducing the rate of smuggling activities in the area.
“Nine Vehicles used as means of conveyance were apprehended. Some of these reconstructed vehicles mainly smuggled goods. By arresting these vehicles, we are reducing the rate of conveying smuggled items,” he added. (Premium Times)
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