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Border closure no longer stops Smuggling of Petrol—Customs cries out

The Nigeria Customs officer and Co-ordinator in-charge of the North central zone, Mr. Mohammed Uba Garba, has lamented the target of ending smuggling of petroleum products across the Nigerian borders using closure of the borders is no more effective.

According to him, there had been continued smuggling of petroleum products across the border communities, despite the prevailing border closure policy of the Federal Government.

Business Hilights gathered that Uba Garba is in charge of Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in Kwara, Kogi, Niger and Benue states.

In an interview, he decried that the continued smuggling of petroleum products across the border communities, despite the federal government directive on the suspension of petroleum products within 20km radius to the borders has failed.

Garba, stated this in Alapa, Ilesha-Baruba, Yashkira, Chikanda and Okuta communities of Baruten local government areas of Kwara State, during his enlightenment tour of the border communities in the state.

He recalled that “Suspension of petroleum products within 20 Kilometers radius to border communities is a presidential directive and all men of the customs must ensure that, it is well implemented to the latter.”

He queried why “Baruten local Government area of Kwara State with just a population of 125,000, will have over 200 fuel stations, which is an unusual situation.”