Customs Western marine intercepts N3.6m petrol from smugglers
The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, yesterday said a total of 865 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) were intercepted by its operatives.
The seizure was made recently at the Ashipa rivers within the coastal and harbour patrol (Bar-Beach) while acting on credible information.
Speaking with newsmen, Acting Controller of the command, Deputy Comptroller, Enonche Ochiba noted that the kegs were secured and evacuated to the base, saying upon examination, it was found to be 25 litres of the aforementioned figure each given a total of 21,625 litres.
Though officers and men of the command arrested no suspects during the operations, the customs boss stressed that the total value of the seizure stood at N3.6 million.
He said the seizure of PMS shows a strong indication that the operatives of the Command are working to combat smuggling on the waterways.
Ochiba warned smugglers and would-be smugglers that personnel of the service will continue to run them out of business saying, “We are aware of your plans during the yuletide season, I want you to know that our operatives are vigilant and on patrol duties to tame the scourge of smuggling activities and other vices on the South Western waterways and will leave no stone unturned until you are apprehended and prosecuted.”
The DC also commended other security agencies for their support in the fight against smuggling along the waterways, pointing out that intelligence gathered led to the seizure of petroleum products.
“Let me on behalf of the Officers/Men of Western Marine Command appreciate the CGC and his management team for their motivation and support given to the Command in the discharge of our statutory responsibilities.
“The operatives will continue to discharge the duty vested on them and will not rest on their oars in the fight against smuggling and drug trafficking,” he added.