By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have intercepted 1300 jerry cans of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) worth Over N12.5m.
In a statement signed by the Command spokesman, Mr Hussaini Abdullahi noted that the Petroleum products packaged in sacks were intercepted on 6th April 2022
having. Findings revealed that 1,300 Jerry Cans of PMS in 30 litres each, equivalent to 39,000 litres were discovered.
The seized item has a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N12,543,960.00 only.
“This arrest is coming at a time when Government is spending huge resources to subside the products to ameliorate the plight of its citizens, but these unscrupulous and unpatriotic elements are bent in sabotaging the efforts of government. It is on this premise that the officers and men of the Command, redoubled their efforts with renewed vigor in the fight against smuggling of the petroleum product” the statement read.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo attributed the successes recorded to consistency on the part of the Management of the Nigeria Customs service in providing the needed logistics, adequate working tools, support and ensuring hard working officers are recognized and rewarded most especially through promotions.
The CAC affirmed that, the continuous monitoring and surveillance of the border axis, has contributed in suppressing such illegal activities and sent the right signal to people involve in such unfortunate act of smuggling to desist and face lawful businesses along the border axis.
“The Command remain committed in ensuring such illegal and unlawful businesses are suppressed and discouraged at our borders” Jibo said.