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Customs: Smuggling reduced by 15 percent in Kwara, Kogi, others

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Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, said smuggling of prohibited goods into the country along Kwara, Benue, Kogi and Niger states axis haves reduced by 15 percent.

The service attributed this to constant sensitization as well as collaboration with traditional and religious leaders in border towns of the states.

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Coordinator, Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT), Sector 3 Comptroller Olugboyega Peters told reporters in Ilorin, Kwara state capital that “I have said it that this sector will make Kwara, Niger, Benue and Kogi states very uncomfortable for smugglers. That is what you have seen today.

“I am not saying that there is no smuggling, but the rate has gone down as far as 15 percent, compared to what we used to have. It has drastically reduced. Not only that, the sensitization from our end and the collaboration with the Baales, Kabiyesis and religious leaders along border axis is responsible for the reduction in smuggling in these states that Sector 3 is covering.”

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