Cooking Gas Cylinders

Customs seizes 140 smuggled cylinders, 678 fertiliser bags worth N185m

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the nation intensifies efforts at protecting the well-being of consumers in the sector, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone B, has seized two trucks with 140 cooking gas cylinders and 678 bags of NPK fertilisers being smuggled into the country from Niger Republic, agency report has said.

It was learnt that Mr. Mustapha Sarki-Kebbi, Zone B Controller, revealed this to newsmen Saturday in Katsina.

Mr. Sarki-Kebbi said that the three vehicles conveying the smuggled items were also apprehended in the process.

He said that the seizures were made recently along Jibia─Agangaro Road in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Sarki-Kebbi said that the country’s borders remained closed and any goods brought in through the land borders would be impounded.

According to him, the arrest was for security and safety reasons, more so as the seized cylinders were old, and criminals could use them to kill people.

Report states that the NCS Controller also disclosed that the Command arrested another truck carrying 678 bags of NPK fertilizers, which has been banned from being imported into Nigeria.

Criminals use NPK fertilizers to endanger people’s lives, he stressed.

Besides, Sarki-Kebbi said that the Customs also seized 200 smuggled used tyres, 578 bags of foreign rice, 322 jerricans of vegetable oil, 90 bales of second-hand clothes and soap, among others.

The Controller said that the items had a Duty Paid Value of N185 million.

The closure of the country’s borders would enhance local production, he said.

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