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Kano/ Jigawa Customs Command Warns Smugglers From Illegal Acts, By ABDULLAHI   RABIU, Kano

THE Kano/Jigawa Customs Area Command has warned smugglers of Petroleum products to desist from the illegal act as anyone caught would face the full wrath of the law.
Kano state Comptroller of Customs Muhammad  Abubakar Umar inspecting some impounded Rice, to the Press at the Customs Command Headquarters on Thursday.
The warning was coming on the heels of speculations that petroleum product is allegedly being smuggled out of the country from Kano following the lingering scarcity of the product in the state.
The newly appointed Comptroller for the Area Command, Muhammad Abubakar Umar gave the warning while addressing newsmen on the activities of the command in Kano on Thursday.
He said that the command under his leadership would not rest on its oarse until it stamps out smuggling in all its ramifications.
Umar said the command had from January 2022 to date collected N10.18 billion revenue which is higher than N7.6 billion collected last year.
He disclosed that within the same period under review, the command had seized contraband goods with N498.6 million Duty Paid Value.
He said Items seized include bales of second hand clothes, foreign rice and spaghetti, foreign shoes and donkey skin among others
The comptroller said that no fewer than four suspects were arrested in connection with the smuggling of donkey skin.
He said that the command would continue to engage other sister security agencies and stakeholders on a regular basis with a view to checking the activities of smugglers in the area command.
Umar called on smugglers to pick up a livelihood in a legitimate trade and desist from smuggling activities as the command would go to any length to check the menace.
“As you know, smuggling has an adverse effect on the economy of the nation and should not be condoned by any country,” he said.

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