The Nigerian Customs Service has impounded smuggled foreign rice and contraband goods worth N8.8m within the span of five days in Kano.
Comptroller of the service Kano/Jigawa area command Nasir Ahmad stated this on Monday while speaking with Journalists.
Ahmad said the foreign rice and consignment of second-hand clothes were intercepted by the NCS personnel at different locations within the operational jurisdiction of the command during the just concluded Sallah break.
He decried activities of smuggling of rice and other contraband goods into Kano, saying the trend had crippled many local businesses in the commercial state.
He said, “It is unfortunate that activities of smugglers have crippled businesses in Kano. Smuggling of rice and drugs has destroyed our local businesses and unless we address the trend, we will continue to destroy ourselves.
“The NCS will continue to do its best to stop smuggling of rice and other contraband goods into Kano. Once, we stop illegal importation of rice into Kano,
“We are not here to cripple lawful businesses. Rather to discourage illegal businesses. We will visit any warehouse where foreign rice and other contraband goods are kept, evacuate the goods, arrest the owner of the warehouse and prosecute him.
Ahmad urged traders in the two states to desist from any form of smuggling, affirming the service would not take lightly with anybody found wanting in committing the offence.