Comptroller Boyiliya Nyagarga Binga, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Western Marine Command, has frowned at illegal activities around the creeks and territorial waters, within the command, informing community leaders, that Smuggling has negatively impacted on the nation economy.
According to the Area Controller of the Command, while on a familiarization tour of several communities under its operational purview, called on the various Community leaders of Badagry, Yekeme and Idiroko to inform their youths of the danger inherent through Smuggling trade which he said is a heinous crime.
Comptroller Binga while disclosing this, said his mission is to sensitize the indigenes of the border communities in Badagry and Yekeme, urging them to be law abiding citizens, and assist the service through information gathering and sharing.
The Ccontroller warned that anyone caught in the act, would not only be charged, but face the full strength of the law without being spared.
Barely a month ago, the Command made huge seizures of various smuggled products through the creeks such as; cannabis, PMS and foreign parboiled rice.
While enumerating the seizures so far realized, since taking over the Command as the Chieftain, who until his new position an Administrator at Zone B, Zonal Headquarters Kaduna, therefore, sighted that due to the youths inability to be involved in lucrative business, they are lured into Smuggling of goods through illegal routes.
He pointed out that, few weeks ago over 800 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg were intercepted, the Command operatives therefore, in other onslaught against the illegal perpetrators impounded 806 wraps of Indian hemp and 15,000 kegs of 30 litres each of PMS which were auctioned to the general public as well as security agencies, he said.
The seized items, according to an estimate given, was with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N81,080,000, adding that, a lot more seizures would still fall into the hand of government, if they refuse to stop dealing on illegality, and should be ready to loose their hard earned money.
He also said that, whatever method applied by Smugglers, their antics will fail them.
Binga who did not end his tour with the Community heads and the youths, however, took another working visit to other sister agencies, which include; the Nigerian Navy, Immigration Service which he said have been contributing in quick response whenever they are called for support, Ogun and Seme Customs Commands to also appreciate their support through the realization of volume of goods intercepted.
Earlier, the Controller has embarked on a sight seeing trip to where the two seagoing vessels at Marina are barged in order to have a firsthand information about the vessels.