Another attempt by petroleum products smugglers to illegally ferry out 75, 000 of Premium Motor Spirit through Seme was bursted by the Seme Customs Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday.
The seizure is coming within three weeks when the Command intercepted 119,000 litres of similar products that were being taken to Benin Republic
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Hussein Abdulahi, put the said the value of the pms product at N19.8million.
Abdulahi said, “In continuation of our efforts to suppress the smuggling of the petroleum products within nooks and crannies of the Command, officers and men of the Seme Area Command on a routine patrol along the bushes within Seme and Badagry intercepted another large quantity of petroleum products packaged in sacks and Jerry cans. The arrest was made in the early hours of Thursday, 22nd September, 2022.”
“The seized petroleum products were estimated to be around 2500 Jerry cans of 30 litres each, equivalent to 75,000 litres. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) is N19.8million.”
He added that the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bello Jibo, warned petroleum smugglers to beware of the Seme route as the command will continue inflicting heavy losses on them.
“The CAC warned the perpetrators of these illegal activities to stay off Seme Border routes or continue to count heavy losses as his men were determined to Frustrate them out of the area.”