Amidst fuel scarcity, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone ‘A’ has intercepted 85,300 litres of Petrol also known as Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), in Ogun State area of the country.
The acting Customs Area Controller (CAC), Hussein Ejibunu, who made this known to journalists on Wednesday during a press briefing, said the product was intercepted by officers on the verge of being smuggled out of the country.
According to him, the officers of the unit also intercepted 9,000 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice worth 15 trucks.’’
He explained:“Prominent among 8,999x50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice (approximately 15 trailer loads), 85,300 litres of PMS, 812 pieces of used tyres, 1x40ft container of charcoal, and 2x20ft containers with 4,004 cartons of tomato paste.”
According to him, others seizures included five used vehicles (Tokunbo), five litres of vegetable oil, 128 parcels of Indian Hemp,13 cartons of knockout (fireworks), 243 bales of used clothing, 2,976 cartons of new shoes, and 37 cartons of used poultry products.
‘’14 suspects were arrested for different offences in connection with the seizures during the period under review, 13 of whom have been released on administrative bail while one was still in custody.’’
On the unit’s resolve against trade infractions of all sorts, Ejibunu noted that typical of lawless smugglers and enemies of the national economy, smugglers have exhibited their expected desperation towards the end of the year.
With logistics support, including patrol vehicles and other operational support from the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), and members of his management team, the unit remains highly motivated to play their roles in the seizures,’’ he said.
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