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Fifty Trucks Carrying Food to Niger Republic Stopped

Fifty Trucks Carrying Food to Niger Republic Stopped

On Monday, the Zamfara State Transport Agency halted fifty trucks carrying food items bound for the Niger Republic.

This action was taken in response to a directive from President Bola Tinubu to address food shortages and prevent hoarding. The organization is responsible for implementing this directive.

The trucks, loaded with various grains, were stopped near the Nigerian border with Niger Republic, specifically at Gidan Jaja village, as confirmed by Shehu Sani, a resident of Zurmi town in Zamfara state.

The spokesperson representing ZARTO, Sale Shinkafi, asserted that the trucks were allegedly trying to transport the food items into the Niger Republic.

He said, “Our men intercepted 50 vehicles loaded with assorted grains while trying to smuggle them out of the country. We directed the owners to go back and sell the commodities to Nigerians at the appropriate prices.”

Shinkafi clarified that the trucks had not been accompanied by officials from the agency. They were simply instructed to head back to their local areas and offer the goods for sale at reasonable prices.

He said, “You know that our main concern is to make sure that the food items are not smuggled out of the country. We only refused to allow them to get into Niger Republic.”

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