…INTERCEPTS 116,000 LITERS OF PMS FROM SMUGGLERS
The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A, Ikeja of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has recorded a total of 144 seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N 3.3 billion, in its anti-smuggling drive between April 21 and July 4, 2021.
The acting Customs Area Comptroller (CAC) of the unit, Usman Yahaya who made the disclosure at a press briefing on Wednesday, stated that during the period under review, 23 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures, out of which 12 have secured administrative bail, while 11 are still in customs custody.
The items seized include: 14,789 bags of 50kg smuggled parboiled rice, 727 cartons of unregistered drugs, 2,784 cartons of frozen poultry products, 28 units of smuggled used vehicles, 116,000 litres (4,640 jerry cans) of premium motor spirit (PMS), 237 bales and six sacks of secondhand clothing.
Others are; 20 cartons of Tramadol, 885 pieces of used tyres, 10,400 cartons of Alcoholic Beverages in four containers, 84 different kinds of vehicles laden with 50kg each smuggled rice, 5x20ft containers of rough and semi-processed wood, among others.
Comptroller Yahaya noted that the unit has been having confrontations with smugglers, especially in volatile areas like Oyo and Idiroko axis, where smuggling is considered a legitimate business.
He, however, stated that such confrontations will never deter operatives from carrying out their statutory responsibilities.
He said: “From the foregoing, you will all agree with me that smugglers are undaunted in their nefarious activities to cripple the economy. With the magnitude of the seizures showcased in our last Press briefings, one would have expected a reduction in their activities.
“Nevertheless, we have the capacity and the capability to render smugglers in this Zone miserable. Whatever is the driving force behind their activities, we will continue to make it unprofitable for them.”
The comptroller urged smugglers to desist from engaging in smuggling activities for Nigeria to have a decent society.
“There are many legitimate businesses that will earn them a good living. A word, they say, is enough for the wise”, he added./SHARE THIS