The Adamawa/Taraba Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has intensified marine patrol on River Benue channel linking Nigeria and Cameroon to contain fuel smugglers.
The Area Comptroller of the command, Mr Adetoye Francis made this known Wednesday in Yola while auctioning 23 jerrycans of diesel confiscated from smugglers along the river.
Francis said the present administration has zero tolerance for smuggling which he described as harmorrhege on the economy.
The comptroller warned smugglers in the border states to stop in their own interest as the service under the present leadership of its comptroller general, Hameed Ali, has zero tolerance for smuggling.
He lauded the role played the by CIU deport of the command, in identifying smugglers hide out in the state which he described a huge suscess in meeting the target earmarked by federal gocernment to the command.
“It is also to alert the members of the public that regardless of the idea being haboured or canvassed by a selfish section of the public.
“Smuggling is not a trade, it’s a fraud and serious stealing from the national economy which has resultantly left the economy bleeding endlessly.
“We have a situation where traditional ruler invited us to come and collect duties in his domain, this is commendable,” Francis said.
Francis said the command made nine seizures within the past one month valued at N3.2 million.
He said the command which was given the target of N16 million monthly generated N20.5 million in January.
The diesel was auctioned to military and para-military organisations at the cost of N100 per liter.
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