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Customs intercepts 15 trucks of food items in Sokoto

by Akeem Adeyemi
Customs intercepts 15 trucks of food items in Sokoto

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 15 trucks containing food items in Sokoto State as part of its efforts to prevent smuggling which has aggravated the rising cost of commodities in the country.

Abubakar Chafe, spokesperson, NCS, Sokoto Command, told journalists on Saturday that the vehicles were arrested along Gwadabawa-Illela road.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chafe said the interceptions were made due to the quantity of farm produce the trucks were carrying.

He said the trucks were presently in custody of the command and that an investigation had commenced to ascertain the owners and destinations of the food items.

He explained that the operation was carried out by a combined team of the NCS Sokoto command, officers of the federal operation unit, and the intelligence unit of the service.

Chafe added that the operation became necessary with the prevailing inflation of food items in the country.

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