The Nigeria Customs Service want community leaders to collaborate in the effort to free the Nigerian market of smuggled items.
The customs area comptroller, Ogun state area command, Mr Hassan Gangua stated this before journalists at Idiroko while reacting to the recent seizure of rice and vegetable oil suspected to be smuggled into the country.
The customs area comptroller who noted that smuggling activities were depriving the nation of huge revenue and promoting violence at the border said the collaboration of all stakeholders will reduce the crime.
“The traditional rulers in the state are urged to do more in discouraging smuggling so as to enhance economic growth and avoid fatalities.”
He stated in a very harsh tone.
Mr Gangua also decried incessant attack on operatives of the service by suspected smugglers especially at border areas.
He also disclosed that the Ogun area command of the service has generated over ₦906mn between January and February 2017 and has recorded about 350 seizure of smuggled goods.