Customs intercepts 446 jerry cans of smuggled vegetable oil

File photo of Confiscated jerry cans of vegetable oil and bags of rice by men of the Nigeria Customs Service.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has arrested two suspects for allegedly smuggling 446 jerry cans of vegetable oil in Sokoto.

The NCS Comptroller for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara Command, Nasir Ahmad, told journalists on Wednesday in Sokoto that the items were concealed in a petrol tanker.

Mr. Ahmad said the intercepted goods had a N5.7 million duty paid value.

He added that another petrol tanker carrying 465 bags of foreign rice was also intercepted on March 2.

The smuggled items, he said, were intercepted on the Sokoto-Gusau road.

Mr. Ahmad urged Nigerians to continue to support the NCS with useful information on the activities of smugglers.

The comptroller, who decried the increasing use of trucks for smuggling activities, advised smugglers to find alternative legal means of livelihood and stop undermining the nation’s economy.

He also called on people to embrace the federal government’s initiatives on agriculture and other economic empowerment windows.

He further solicited for relevant information from the public to assist the command track down smugglers.

(NAN)

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