Nigeria Customs Foils Fuel Smuggling Attempt, Seizes N8.75m Worth Of Petrol En Route Benin Rep.

Date: 12-05-2024 3:21 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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In a decisive move against fuel smuggling activities, the Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command, intercepted a significant consignment of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) valued at N8,750,000 along the Isalu Creek Badagry Waterway. The intercepted fuel, totaling 12,500 litres, was destined for illegal export to Benin Republic.

According to a statement released by the NCS and shared on on Sunday, Comptroller Paul Bamisaiye, the Customs Area Controller, disclosed the successful operation during a briefing at the command’s headquarters on Friday.

The statement outlined the sequence of events leading to the interception, stating, “At about 2330hrs on Wednesday, 8 May 2024, while on joint patrol based on credible intelligence, we received the movement of two boats laden with what was suspected to be petroleum products concealed in sacks. Upon receipt of the information, the team moved into Isalu Creeks Badagry Waterway."

Further examination of the seized contraband at the Command Headquarters revealed 177 sacks and 61 kegs containing 25 Litres Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), totaling 12,500 Liters with a Duty Paid Value of N8,750,000.

Comptroller Bamisaiye issued a stern warning to smugglers, emphasizing the dire economic implications of their actions. He cited Sections 245 and 254 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023, which the smugglers contravened, and reiterated the agency's commitment to combating illegal activities.

“There’s a strong warning to the economic importance of this kind of seizure at a time of fuel scarcity cannot be over-emphasised,” Bamisaiye remarked. “People are suffering due to artificial scarcity, but they are busy smuggling these products outside the country to make money. It’s either they stop this act, or we continue to arrest them. We have zero tolerance for this act.”

In a related development, the Adamawa/Taraba Area Command of the NCS reported intercepting 12,435 litres of PMS valued at N10.8 million being illegally exported to Cameroon, underscoring the widespread efforts of the agency to curb smuggling activities across the country.

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