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Nigerian Customs Intercepts Trucks of Food Heading for Niger Republic

Nigerian Customs Intercepts Trucks of Food Heading for Niger Republic 

Food trucks loaded with food bound for the Niger Republic have reportedly been stopped by Sector IV, the joint border patrol team of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) in Sokoto.

The coordinating comptroller, Kolapo Oladeji, reported that the trucks were seized by customs officials near the Kajji community along the Sokoto-Kebbi road.

He said that the truckloads of food goods were being transported across the Kebbi border to the neighboring Niger Republic.

He declared, “We will leave no stone unturned to block food smuggling out of the country because of the current situation.”

“We all know that prices of food items have skyrocketed because of the activities of some Nigerians. 

“Our people are hungry but prefer to take the food to other countries despite the border closures imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“We will continue to trail them and block their routes. And whoever is caught in this infamous act will face the full wrath of the law.”

Nigeria is experiencing both economic hardship and food inflation. In an effort to reduce widespread hunger, the federal government recently declared that 42,000 tons of grain would be released from the strategic reserves.

The comptroller also stated that agents found and confiscated a shipment of sex-enhancement drugs worth N19.6 million.

These medications pose a risk to the public’s health. A few of them even had fictitious expiration dates and National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) registrations, the speaker claimed.

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