Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has carved out Kebbi from its joint Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara Area Command as part of measures to improve revenue generation.

According to the spokesman of the new Command, Nasiru M Manga, who confirmed the development on Wednesday in a statement made available to reporters in Birnin-Kebbi, the creation was “in line with the three policy thrusts of the Comptroller of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd) to ‘reform, restructure and improve revenue generation’.

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“Consequently, Kebbi State has been given full autonomy and becomes a full-fledged Area Command. It has been carved out of Sokoto/Kebbi/Zamfara Area Command,” he said.

A Comptroller for the new Command, Emmanuel Azubike Chukwuemeka, has been posted to the state and has resumed duty, the spokesman said.