Fire guts Katsina Custom office. The office of the Nigerian Custom Service, NCS, in Katsina State, was yesterday gutted by fire. Consequently, vehicles and other valuables seized by the command were destroyed. The Command’s comptroller, Olusemire Kayode, who confirmed the incident during a briefing with newsmen, said the command had been under some threats, adding that the fire incident could be an act of sabotage.
Fire guts Katsina Custom office
“Probably, it is an act of incendiary or sabotage. We have been threatened, called names because the people are feeling the effect of what we are doing here. We receive threats through phone calls; they call to harass us, using unknown numbers.
“Of recent, smugglers everywhere have been complaining about our activities because they know there is a paradigm shift.
In the last three to four weeks, we have made some seizures such as rice, spaghetti, vegetable oil and used tyres. We have arrested seven J5 vehicles loading an average of 100 bags of rice, 15 saloon cars, loading an average of 35 bags of rice, seven Volkswagen and 12 motorcycles conveying second-hand clothing.
“We arrested six suspects but we granted them administrative bails according to the constitution.”
Speaking on the threat, Comptroller Kayode said he has visited the Emir of Katsina to seek his intervention to checkmate the menace.
“Two days ago, we went to complain to the Emir and appeal to him to help us talk to his wards about the ills of smuggling activities in the state.