The Federal Government has revealed that over 50 percent of filling stations located along the Magama Jibia/Niger border owned by foreigners are set up solely for the purpose of smuggling petroleum products.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this after he led delegation on an assessment tour to inspect the activities of the joint border patrol at sector 4 of the border drill in Katsina state.
Mohammed added that since the closure of the filling station, the smuggling of petroleum products out of Nigeria has greatly been reduced.
He explained that the four sectors where the drill is currently ongoing have recorded highest successes in terms of illegal migration, cattle rustling, kidnapping, banditry, and arms smuggling.
He maintained that since the exercise commenced over a few months ago, local businesses across the country have continued to thrive, as farmers and rice millers, in particular, are now having huge turnover.
Mohammed however stated that Nigeria will continue to engage with neighboring countries to ensure that all the concerns that led to exercise swift response are fully addressed.