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Customs Auctions N1.5bn Benin Republic Bound Petrol



The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, Ikeja has auctioned part of the intercepted N1.5 billion petroleum products to the public.
The service started the auctioning of the first set of the 11,000 jerry cans that were evacuated from Ijofin, a creek under Ipokia local government of Ogun State. The auctioning which started on Monday to members of the public still continued till Tuesday. Also, security agencies who collaborated with the unit in fighting smuggling at the creeks and land borders were freely given the seized products. Speaking to LEADERSHIP on reason why the service auctioned the fuel, the command public relation officer, Jerry Attah, said it was done because the seized product was highly inflammable and cannot be kept for long. “We all know that if we sell at Idiroko, we are selling back to the smugglers but because we don’t want to encourage the saboteurs, we have to sell to the public at an affordable rate,” he told LEADERSHIP. Recall that the enforcement unit of the FOU Zone A, Ikeja on Friday intercepted 50,000 Jerry cans of petroleum products bound for Benin Republic. The petroleum product were sandwiched in about 12 wooden speed boats to be smuggled out of the country.