The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ikeja, have arrested four suspected smugglers over attempt to smuggled 116,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol into Benin Republic.
The suspects were arrested along the Badagry-Seme waterways with the product which they concealed in a wooden canoe.
The Customs Area Controller of the Unit, Usman Yahaya, described the suspects as economic sabotuers and enemies of the nation.
Yahaya noted that the suspects along with some others who are still at large had perfected plans to move the petrol into Benin Republic where they would have sold same for a higher price.
Though, the identities of the suspects were not disclosed owing to the new Lagos State Government laws outlawing the parade of suspects in the state, the Controller said efforts were on to arrest other fleeing members.
“Just last week, officials of the Unit while on patrol got intelligence report about the movement of smuggled items through the state backwaters.
“Based on the strength of the report, a team of operative stormed the location along the Badagry-Seme waterways where they saw a group of people loading jerricans filled with petrol into a wooden canoe.
“The customs men swoop down on them and arrested four of the suspects. Others jumped into the river and swam off. Because we did not want to record any casualty, we allowed them to go without firing any shot. But four arrested were brought to base and they are sti being detained.
“Investigation also revealed that the suspects had on-board the canoe 116,000 litres of petrol stored in 4,640 25 litre plastic Jerry cans” he said.