The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 276 kegs of smuggled petrol and 13 used cars within the last two weeks.
This was coming one week after the Seme Customs Command intercepted another 2,200 jerry cans of smuggled of petrol with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth over N10 million in December.
Addressing journalist over the weekend the Area Controller of the command, Sani Madugu, said that the command also seized 383 bags of foreign rice, 221 kegs of vegetable oil, nine drums and 32 kegs of diesel, along with five drums of kerosene worth over N67 million.
Madugu said, “In an effort to curb the menace of smuggling of petroleum products outside Nigeria by some unscrupulous, unpatriotic and desperate members of the public who are determine to enrich themselves illegitimately to the detriment of other Nigerians, we have succeeded in intercepting 276 Kegs of Petrol (PMS), 9 drums and 32 kegs of diesel and five drums of kerosene.
“We will continue to explore intelligence and surveillance in monitoring filling stations along the border areas so as to avert any form of diversion. We will like to use this medium to solicit to all members of the public to be patriotic by virtue of availing the service with plausible information, so as to assist in mitigating the menace of smuggling of petroleum products and other prohibited items.”
The command also intercepted 17 motorcycles, six sacks of used clothes and shoes and two other vehicles used for transporting the smuggled goods. He added that all the seizures, excluding the petroleum products, had a total payable value of N67.2 million.
Madugu informed that since the command had effectively blocked all the illegal routes being used by the smugglers to bring in contrabands from the Benin Republic into the country, smugglers had become vulnerable and sometimes abandoned cars and bags of rice in the thick forest.
He said the intelligence arm of the command and members of the public in the Idiroko area availed the operatives with information, which led to the current seizures. He urged Nigeria. Madugu said the smuggling of petroleum products seemed to be on the increase now, the products were immediately offered to the public and members of the security agencies around the area.
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