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NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by levrin: 11:11am On Nov 08
The Nigeria Customs Service has suspended supply of petroleum products to petrol stations within 20 kilometres of all the border posts.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali ( retd.), gave this directive to all commands through the Deputy Comptroller- General Enforcement, Inspection, and Investigation, Agustine Chidi, late Wednesday in Abuja.

He stated that petroleum tankers must not be allowed to discharge content within 20 kilometres to borders.

But residents of border communities, who spoke to our correspondents on Thursday, expressed concern about the government’s directive.

They said the decision would worsen their suffering.

However, in spite of the government’s order, smuggling of petrol products was still going on in border communities visited by our correspondents on Thursday.

Ali had in a letter dated November 6, 2019, titled, “EII/2019/Circular No 027 suspension of petroleum products supply to filling stations within 20 kilometres to all borders,” ordered all customs zonal coordinators, Operation Swift Response and other sector heads to effect the suspension of sale of petroleum products at borders.

The letter stated, “The Comptroller-General of Customs has directed that henceforth no petroleum product no matter the tank size is permitted to discharge fuel in any filling station within 20 kilometres to a border. Consequently, you are to ensure strict and immediate compliance please.”

The Federal Government had on August 18, closed borders between Nigeria and its neighbours, citing massive smuggling and illegal immigration as the reasons.

On Monday, it gave conditions for the reopening of the borders. It said Nigeria would no longer accept repackaged imported goods from its neighbours. The Federal Government also insisted that all aliens coming into the country through the land borders must have travel passports.

Border filling stations, conduit for smuggling – NUPENG

Unions in the oil sector supported the government’s decision. The General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Afolabi Olawale, said the union was in support of the suspension of the supply of fuel to border filing stations.

He said the number of filing stations within 20 kilometres radius of Nigerian borders were more than the number of filling stations inside the towns.

Olawale said, “One wonders what economic motive drives the establishment of such a large number of filling stations close to the border.

“The only explanation would be that they are being used as conduit pipe through which smuggled petroleum products are taken out of the country.”

He said the effect of the action would not be felt by Nigerians, adding that 10 litres of fuel was enough to drive around 20km distance.

He said, “We are in full support of the move. It is in continuation of the efforts to stop smuggling of petroleum products and other goods across the borders.”

PENGASSAN backs Customs on petroleum

Also, the spokesperson for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Fortune Obi, told one of our correspondents that the move was in order.

He said, “It is a good development because this is one of the things we have been talking about. Why do we often have products’ insufficiency in Nigeria?

“Why is this so when those who share borders with us are taking the products, which, of course, is not good for the country?

“We import petroleum products with huge foreign exchange, so why should it be smuggled out of the country when we don’t even have enough at times in the country?”

Customs’ incompetence responsible for smuggling – Community leader

But while NUPENG backed the action, residents and community leaders of Idi-Iroko , Imeko-Afon and other border areas in Ogun State have frowned upon the decision of the Federal Government.

They said the suspension would compound their plight.

A former Chairman of Imeko-Afon Local Government Area, Tosin Adeluyi, said, “The Federal Government is trying to compound the suffering of the people at the border areas. No matter how laudable the idea is, the border dwellers should not be suffering because of customs’ ineffectiveness because the fuel tankers can only go through the normal road and they know the capacity of each community .”

A resident of Idiroko border area in the state, Adewale Bamgbose, said, “We still have fuel for now but, definitely our problem will soon start.”

Smuggling persists despite govt’s order

A source in the area, however, said that despite the closure of the borders, contraband goods were still being brought into the country.

Checks by one of our correspondents revealed that at Jibiya and Kongolam border towns in Katsina State, fuel stations in the towns continued to sell fuel.

An attendant at a fuel station at Jibiya said he had not received any instruction directing him to stop selling fuel.

He stated, “Nobody tells me to stop selling fuel. Even, the security operatives at the border post were here this morning to buy fuel for their vehicles.”

At a fuel station at Magamar-Jibiya, suspected smugglers were seen loading several 25 kilogramme kegs of fuel into a vehicle with the intention of taking them to Niger Republic.

A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the practice had been going on before the Federal Government’s directive.

At the Seme border, a petroleum product dealer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “Smugglers have reconstructed their fuel tanks or built bunker under the vehicle to contain up to 200 or more litres of petroleum products.

“They will drive to Owode Apa and environs discharge and sell out to ever- waiting customers.”

Border closure not against Ndigbo – Ali

Meanwhile, the Comptroller of Nigeria Customs Service, Ali, on Thursday dismissed a claim that the border closure across the country was targeted at businessmen and women from Igbo extraction.

Ali, who spoke during a meeting with stakeholders, including businessmen and women, in Aba, Abia State, explained that national security and improvement in the country’s economy were the reasons behind the closure of the nation’s borders.

Maintaining that the policy was not a punitive measure against Igbo importers, the customs boss, who was represented at the event by the Public Relations Officer of NCS, Joseph Attah, urged members of the public to disregard such speculation.

“This question of targeting Igbo importers over the border closure has come repeatedly. When you go to the North, the people there will ask you; are you sure that the intensity with which you carry out this here is what you do in the South-West?

“When you go to the South-West, they will ask you if what you are doing there is what you are doing in the South-East. And here, we are in the South-East; we are getting the same question.

“Let us face the facts; what is being done is about national security and economy. Over a period of time, trans-border crimes and criminalities have affected our safety on our roads, our homes and have affected our ability to yield dividends from our investments,” Ali added.

In a related development, the Africa Finance Corporation plans to invest $450m in the automation of the operations of the Nigeria Customs Service in 12 months.

The Managing Director, Bionica Technologies West Africa Ltd., Mr Umar Kuta, made this known in Abuja on Thursday when he appeared before the joint House of Representatives Committees on Finance; Customs and Excise; and Public Petitions.

The House had mandated the joint committee to probe into the modernisation of the Nigeria Customs Service.

Kuta explained that the modernisation would improve revenue generation by the NCS and enhance security at the country’s borders.

He said, “A complete automation of the activities of the NCS within 12 months will boost revenue and eliminate all forms of sharp practices in the system.”

According to the presentation made by the MD to the committee, a copy of which journalists sited after the meeting, his firm has five technical partners, namely Paramout Group, Huawei Technology, Smiths Detection, Larsen & Toubro Group and Nuctech of China.

The partners, he said, were mobilising about $450m in investment to attain the complete turnaround of the customs.

Kuta told the committee that the Africa Finance Corporation had also indicated its interest in supporting the customs’ automation programme.

Also on Thursday, the NSC said it had impounded a number of prohibited items worth over N2bn and arrested 239 illegal immigrants since August 20, 2019.

The spokesman for the Federal Government Strategic Communication Team, Joseph Attah, disclosed this at a forum in Owerri attended by the representatives of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, the National Orientation Agency as well as fish and poultry farmers.

Attah, who listed the items seized to include 4,321 bags of 50kilogrammes of par boiled foreign rice, 8,982 jerry cans of petrol, 399 vehicles, life cartridges and hard drugs, explained that the borders were closed because of the abuse of ECOWAS protocols by some neighbouring Africans.

He said the closure of the borders would continue until such errant nations began to abide by the ECOWAS protocols.

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by levrin: 11:11am On Nov 08
Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by ainas247: 2:39pm On Nov 08
cool My spirit is telling me the border thing would yield good results...

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by apatuku: 2:39pm On Nov 08
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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by adedehinbo(m): 2:40pm On Nov 08
I Dont know why I always burst into laugh seeing Ghanaian's lamenting about the closure of our own borders

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by ArmaniUhuru: 2:40pm On Nov 08
Ghana traders association dey come for una

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by Gracealone(m): 2:41pm On Nov 08
The move is alright as much as it would stabilize or bring down fuel prices.

But truth be told, Buhari is giving the customs boss too much power beyond his role, it shouldn't be his call to make the announcement to suspend supply of fuel to certain stations.

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by olusegzy01(m): 2:42pm On Nov 08
May God help us in Nigeria

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by nototribalist: 2:42pm On Nov 08
I never liked Buhari but this Border closure is the best thing ever happened to Nigeria, Period.

Why should we subsidized dollar for importers of everything foreign including fuel. And every African countries are enjoying our mumuu for decades.

Please if you have any Ghanaian in your neighborhood tell him or her to start packing cos it's about to get down. All Ghanaian traders in Nigeria should leave immediately.


Ghana should continue to eat under our dinning table not the other way round

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by RichDad1(m): 2:43pm On Nov 08
Slowly but surely we will achieve the Nigeria of our dreams. cool

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by Ruggedniggaone: 2:43pm On Nov 08
I feel for those people living close to border they will have to suffer for customs incompetence and bullhari mental imbalance but if they voted for bullhari massively may their suffering continue till bullhari get sense

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by Injiggerwolf(m): 2:43pm On Nov 08
kiss
Good development

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by Mykel4God(m): 2:44pm On Nov 08
Hello
Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by bluecircle470: 2:44pm On Nov 08
I am supporting Buhari in all of this.

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by codedguy1(m): 2:45pm On Nov 08
CG is the one giving directive to tanker drivers not to discharge fuel in stations 20kms yo the border.

He now controls both the fuel suppliers and customs


grin grin

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by ekaette1621: 2:45pm On Nov 08
NIGERIA WILL BE GREAT ONCE AGAIN

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by faksin: 2:47pm On Nov 08
good development
may Buhari suceed cheesy

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by Write4me(m): 2:48pm On Nov 08
When our neighbouring countries citizens see Nigerians in their country they will learn to respect us....

Nigerian has woken to know it’s worth.

Border closure for life.

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by Bighead9: 2:50pm On Nov 08
Buhari is working. grin

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by coolfredo(m): 2:55pm On Nov 08
When two elephants fight grass de suffer am
Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by BlackfireX: 2:55pm On Nov 08
Come and be going govt....





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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by voltron14: 2:57pm On Nov 08
News on kidnap suddenly reduced.

Could there be a relationship?

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by Hallenjay: 3:05pm On Nov 08
ekaette1621:
NIGERIA WILL BE GREAT ONCE AGAIN
God go punish buhari and Ali why will you stop fuel to 20km of the boarder when you can do more by restricting fuel to your country alone so u people should travel for more dan 20 km to get fuel ....only Amadhioa won't solve ds let's all d thunders god joined hand and strike buhari ...I can't take this try by error again

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by bimgo: 3:07pm On Nov 08
My first prayer for BUHARI, God will give you more strength to pilot this country. WE NEED MORE TIME FOR THIS CLOSURE, PLEASE DO NOT OPEN THE BOARDER. MAKE NAIJA GREAT AGAIN, NAIJA BOARDER SHOULD BE CLOSED FOR THREE YEARS.

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by dheilaw1(m): 3:09pm On Nov 08
Ruggedniggaone:
I feel for those people living close to border they will have to suffer for customers incompetence and bullhari mental imbalance but if they voted for bullhari massively may their suffering continue till bullhari get sense
why you do derive joy in disgracing those who sent you to school?

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by LibertyRep: 3:10pm On Nov 08
What if the Government designate certain filling stations close to the borders where residents can buy fuel to ease their pains.

We can't just punish the people of border communities just because of the actions of some unscrupulous elements.

Why then do we still have Custom Officers being paid to man our borders? A truck load of petroleum products is large enough not to have caught the attention the officers at the border post.

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by Notatribalist(m): 3:10pm On Nov 08
nototribalist:
I never liked Buhari but this Border closure is the best thing ever happened to Nigeria, Period.

Why should we subsidized dollar for importers of everything foreign including fuel. And every African countries are enjoying our mumuu for decades.

Please if you have any Ghanaian in your neighborhood tell him or her to start packing cos it's about to get down. All Ghanaian traders in Nigeria should leave immediately.


Ghana should continue to eat under our dinning table not the other way round
please I as much as we don't like the way some Ghanians talk about Nigeria I don't think it has come to the level of telling them to leave. I have many Ghanian friends. My brother we don't want this issue to escalate.

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by NimrodEndOfDays(m): 3:11pm On Nov 08
A government that lays so much importance on rice and smugglers is not a serious government. How do you know a serious government? By looking at their economic policies and what they plan to do in the budget. Now,a budget that has low funding for education and infrastructure is a country not moving in the right direction. The border closure would not improve power,neither would it stop Boko Haram incursion nor will the infrastructure by upgraded. I believe this government has lost touch with reality. I really concur with the statement that if the buharist are told to cut their heads for sacrifice, they would because they have a very low i.q. To even think that a people who claim to be Educated celebrate mediocrity leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

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Re: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Back FG On Fuel Sale Suspension, Border Residents Fume by Successlane: 3:13pm On Nov 08
Gracealone:
The move is alright as much as it would stabilize or bring down fuel prices.

But truth be told, Buhari is giving the customs boss too much power beyond his role, it shouldn't be his call to make the announcement to suspend supply of fuel to certain stations.

what is wrong in that, and whose pronouncement should it be?

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