- There is massive smuggling of petroleum products along the Nigeria-Niger border
- This was revealed by Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, on Monday, December 2, in Katsina
- Mohammed, however, said that the filling stations, owned by foreigners, have been closed down
According to the federal government, not less than 50% of filling stations along the Magama Jibia/Niger border smuggle petrol.
This was revealed by Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, after he led an investigative delegation to monitor the activities of joint border patrol at sector 4 of the border drill in Katsina.
However, Mohammed said that the filling stations which are majorly owned by foreigners have been closed and that this has reduced the level of smuggling of petroleum products.
The minister said: “There are hundreds of filling stations along the border; we counted many as we drove to the border this morning. They were set up purposely for smuggling.
“They don’t sell the fuel consignment they receive to the public, 50% of them are owned by foreigners. Now that they are closed, we have recorded over 30% in domestic fuel consumption.”
He also said that since the drill started in the area, crimes like illegal migration, cattle rustling, kidnapping, banditry, and arms smuggling have drastically reduced.
Mohammed added that the border closure has increased the daily revenue of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) from N4.5 billion to between N5 and N8 billion.
He said: “We have recorded over 30 per cent increase in revenue since the drill. Gentlemen, before the drill, the borders contributed nothing to the revenue."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had announced the suspension of diesel and petrol supply to filling stations within 20 kilometres radius to all Nigerian borders.
Comptroller-General of the NCS, Hameed Ali, issued the directive in a memo on Thursday, November 6.
The authenticity of the memo was confirmed to Daily Sun by the customs spokesman, Joseph Attah.
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