Customs to seal off supermarkets, shops selling foreign rice

Ahmed Nasir, customs area comptroller in charge of Kano/Jigawa, in the statement, said the decision is aimed at putting a stop to smuggling of prohibited items.

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it will seal off shops and supermarkets selling foreign rice and other prohibited goods.

The service issued the warning in a letter with reference number NCS/KAN/053/S.28 and dated February 17, 2020.

Ahmed Nasir, customs area comptroller in charge of Kano/Jigawa, in the statement, said the decision is aimed at putting a stop to smuggling of prohibited items.

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“In our effort to suppress smuggling, the Nigerian Customs Service Kano/Jigawa area command deemed it fit to write and seek for your cooperation to stop patronising foreign rice and other prohibited items in your supermarket/shops to avoid being closed by customs operatives,” the statement read.

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The government has continued to encourage Nigerians to purchase and consume homegrown products.

In August, Nigeria shut its land borders across the country — an action President Muhammadu Buhari said was taken to check smuggling.

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Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the service, said the closure of the borders was undertaken to “strengthen the nation’s security and protect its economic interests”.

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