Customs Intercepts N19.5m Smuggled PMS En Route Benin, Cameroon

2024-05-12 20:28:57

New Telegraph

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol or fuel being smuggled to Benin Republic and Cameroon

Sunday Telegraph gathered that the Western Marine Command of the service intercepted 12,500 litres of petrol worth N8.75 million along the Isalu Creek, Badagry Waterway en route to Benin Republic, while another 12,435 liters of the fuel valued at N10.8 million was seized by Adamawa/Taraba command of the service.

According to Customs Area Controller of Western Marine Command, Comptroller, Paul Bamisaiye, the petroleum product was intercepted through intelligence.

He noted: "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."

He noted that careful examination of the seizure revealed that 177 sacks and 61 kegs of 25 litres of PMS containing 12,500 liters with a total Duty Paid Value standing at N8,75 million were seized from smugglers.

Bamisaiye explained that the action of the smugglers contravened Sections 245 and 254 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023.

He added: "There's a strong warning to the economic importance of this kind of seizure at a time of fuel scarcity cannot be overemphasised. People are suffering due to artificial scarcity, but they are busy smuggling these products outside the country to make money."

Also, the Adamawa/Taraba command of the service said that 491×25 litres and 8× 20 litres jerrycans of the fuel were intercepted in Mubi en route to the Cameroon Republic.

Its Area Comptroller, Bashir Garba-Bature said in Yola that the officers of the command while on anti-smuggling operations along the border frontiers within the period of two weeks had recorded five incidents of interception of PMS to Cameroon Republic.

Bature solicited the cooperation, understanding and collaboration of relevant stakeholders such as the media, sister security agencies and patriotic citizens to effectively put an end to the trend of smuggling.

He said: "We attributed the successes recorded to the unwavering support and encouragement being extended to us by the current leadership of the service under our Comptroller-General, Mr Bashir Adeniyi."

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