By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Seme Border Command of Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 1,050 Jerry Cans of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) along the creeks and beaches within Seme and Badagry axis.
In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Hussaini Abdullahi, the 30litres each of 1,050 jerry cans were filled with large quantities of items suspected to be PMS and is equivalent to 31,500 litres with the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of 5.3 million naira.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo noted that apart from sabotaging the efforts of the government in subsidising petroleum products, smuggling of these products also poses a great threat to the lives of citizens.
The CAC however, commended the CGC Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) and the Management team for logistical support by providing the Command with Four (4) Hilux vehicles to boost it’s operations. This is even as he reiterated the commitment of Officers and men of the Command to continue the fight against smuggling and their accomplices with a higher tempo.
“The unfortunate scenario is that apart from sabotaging the efforts of Government in paying huge amount of money to subsidize the petroleum products for the benefit of Nigerians, smuggling of petroleum also posses threats to the lives of individuals and most times vehicles get burnt when accident occurs.
“Customs will continue to enforce federal Government policies with a view to suppress smuggling, collections of appropriate revenue and facilitation of legitimate trade” Jibo concluded.