The Federal Government has reported the discovery of several illegal filling stations built for the sole aim of smuggling petroleum products. These illegal filling stations were discovered during the inspection of the Nigerian border shared with the Republic of Niger at Magama Jibia in Kastina state.
Before the closure of the nation’s borders, the government had identified illegal migration, fuel smuggling, smuggling of food products, and illegal importation of arms and ammunition from neighbouring countries as the major issues of border regulations.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known during the presidential committee’s inspection of the border at Magama Jibia.
The minister also disclosed that the country had recorded a 30% decrease in domestic fuel consumption since the closure of the Nigerian borders. He further mentioned that the closed borders have grossly helped curb the illegal exportation of petroleum products as they discovered “hundreds of filling stations” along the highway to the border which were mostly reported to be owned by foreigners for smuggling.
He also mentioned that the border regulations had enhanced a drastic reduction in insurgency and securities issues as bandits and terrorists have found it difficult to acquire arms and ammunition. He said this was evident as the predominant kidnap and banditry issues had reduced in the North-West region.