Customs Intercept Large Quantities Of Stolen Petrol Along Seme Border

Hyacinth Chinweuba

Seme Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, have intercepted large quantities of items suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also called Petrol in sacks along the creeks and beaches within Seme and Badagry axis.

Upon examination, one thousand and fifty, 1050, jerry cans of 30litres each of petroleum products which is equivalent to thirty one thousand,five hundred, 31,500, litres were discovered. The duty paid value (DPV) is five million, three hundred and ninety three thousand, nine hundred and two Naira *(N5,393,902.00)* only.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Compt. Bello Mohammed Jibo,  said that the unfortunate scenario is that apart from sabotaging the efforts of Government that is paying huge amount of money to subsidize the products  for the benefit of Nigerians, smuggling of petroleum also posses threats to their own lives and most times vehicles got burnt when accident occurs.

Commenting on the giant strike achieved by the Command, the CAC reiterated the commitment of officers and men of the Command to continue the fight against smuggling and their accomplices with a higher tempo.

The CAC commended the CGC Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) and the Management team for logistical support by providing the Command with Four Hilux vehicles to boost it’s operations. Customs will continue to enforce federal Government policies with a view to suppress smuggling, collections of appropriate revenue and facilitation of legitimate trade.

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