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Customs collects N223m revenue in Sokoto

09 May 2013, 10:08

Sokoto-  Bamidele Akande, Area Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, said on Wednesday in Sokoto that about N223 million was collected as revenue from January to April.

Akande told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that contraband worth more than N22 million were seized in the first quarter of the year.

He said the goods included fairly used cars, fake drugs and rice,  adding that the command had fashioned out detailed security measures to facilitate the arrest and prosecution of smugglers in the command.

"Since the inception of the command, the amount collected in the first quarter represents the highest so far ever collected.

"Already, all identified routes of smugglers had been blocked by competent officers to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the smugglers.

“I have said it times without number that my areas of jurisdiction are no go areas for smugglers as dedicated officers are battle-ready to prevent smuggling business,'' he said.

Akande also solicited for the support of traditional rulers in sensitising the people to the need to offer intelligence reports  on the  movement of smugglers in their areas.

"Such collaboration will enable the command to come out with stringent security measures that will see to the arrest and prosecution of smugglers.''


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