By Joy Mmereole Okoli
The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service have intercepted three thousand, nine hundred and ninety-eight (3,998) jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol in thirty (30) litre each equivalent to one hundred and nineteen thousand, nine hundred and forty (119, 940) litres of PMS about four (4) tanker loads of thirty-three thousand (33000) litres.
According to the Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo, the continuous surveillance with the offensive patrol of the officers and men of the command along the creeks and beaches have made this possible.
Bello said the command received a tip-off of intelligence In the late hours of Monday 15 August 2022, that there were large quantities of Petroleum product (PMS) stockpiled close to a beach along Badagry waterways intended to be smuggled out of the country.
“Our men stormed the location and the product was successfully evacuated to the Command premises in Seme Border. The findings revealed that three thousand, nine hundred and ninety-eight (3,998) Jerry cans of PMS in thirty (30) litre each which equivalent to one hundred and nineteen thousand, nine hundred and forty (119, 940) litres of PMS about four (4) tanker loads of thirty-three thousand (33000) litres each were discovered, he said.”
The seized petroleum product has a Duty Paid Value DPV of twenty-eight million, nine hundred and twenty-four thousand, three hundred and ninety-seven Naira ( N28, 924,397.00) .
The Comptroller commenting on the giant strides achieved by his command while showcasing the seizure, reiterated the commitment of his officers to continue making smuggling unattractive while noting that the economic saboteurs will be frustrated until smuggling is suppressed to the barest minimum level.
Bello however call on Nigeria’s to help them by providing information that will aid them to stop illegal activities of the smugglers.
“l however call on fellow Nigerians to always provide useful information that could help to curtail the illegal activities of unscrupulous elements among us”.
He applauded his officers for the high level of discipline, patriotism and professionalism exhibited in the discharge of their duty and urged them to keep making the Command and service proud. While also appreciating the support and cooperation enjoyed from the host communities and security agencies without which the Command couldn’t have achieved this great feat.