By Ambrose Okehi & Maritime Security News
|Smuggling is seen as a termite on materials like wood and even clothes. It is also seen as a secret destroyer of a nation’s economy as it will void in eating the fabrics of the economy till it destroys it. |
It was based on such guise that the Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Command has cried out to Tue public against what it called an attempt by some unscrupulous elements in the society who have vowed to destroy the Nigerian economy through their nefarious activities.
The Command noted that such bad elements in the society are strategizing at every moment on how to cheat the nation through various illegal activities by smuggling various items into the country through illegal routes.
According to Seme Command, one of the biggest border Commands in the whole of the federation, the renewed hostility by the smugglers and their acompliances will never be a distraction in discharging our statutory responsibilities.
The Command’s Acting Controller, Deputy Comptroller CD Wada “On the other hand, daredevil smugglers will continue to meet their waterloo with no breathing space in Seme Area Command.” Speaking on the recent incident at Beach side of Carpenter’s Village along Badagry/Seme road at the weekend, a statement from the Command which was signed by the Command’s PRO, Hussaini Abdullahi, it noted that the “On Friday, July 3, 2020, at about 17:00 hours, a joint patrol team of Seme Area Command based on credible intelligence went on an operation along Seme Carpenters Village and identified a hideout used by some unpatriotic elements to stockpile Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) for onward smuggling to neighbouring Benin Republic,” the statement reads.
According to the Wada, “In an effort to evacuate the said items from the scene, some unscrupulous elements launched a various attacks and aggressively advanced towards the scene of the seizure with assorted weapons with a desirous effort to set the place ablaze. Considering the volatility of the seized items involved and the fact that all efforts short of using force to halt the mob from advancing towards the scene proved abortive, Officers were left with no option than to use their firearms in order to defend themselves and avoid the envisaged catastrophe.”
The Command, however, said that a verifiable information later indicated that two innocent young males were injured by stray bullets at back and ankle respectively ( one Aeomeh Henry (M) 10 years and Hunsu Taiwo (M) 12 years).
In view of the above development and utmost priority by the Command to always protect and respect the sanctity of Hunan lives/safety in every operation, the injured fellows were immediately rushed to Customs Clinic for proper medical intervention and fortunately the result came our with no major damages. This, the command said, has given room for prompt treatment of the patients at Customs facility and were consequently discharged strictly based on medical advice.
The Command, the statement, reads: “wish to register its unreserved displeasure with this unfortunate incident. As a responsible and responsive service, we are working round the clock to partner with the families BT providing all the necessary support to cushion the effect of this tragedy,” the Command said.ReplyForward