Customs operatives reject N1.5m bribe, nab 3 suspected railway track vandals

The Nigerian Customs Services Sokoto/Zamfara area Command has arrested 3 suspected railway track vandals at Kajiji town along Sokoto Jega road , the area comptroller, Alhaji Kamal Mohammed has disclosed

The comptroller who disclosed this while parading the items seized by his command, also said the gallant officers had out of patriotism and in keeping with the Comptroller’s sermon rejected the N 1,500,000 bribe offered by the suspected vandals

“A truck conveying a 20 feet container laden with vandalized railway tracks along with three (3) suspects were intercepted by the Command monitoring team at Kajiji along Jega road.

“The suspects could not tender evidence of allocation from the Federal Ministry of Transport, instead made an overture to bribe the officers with N1.5 million and even making an advance cash offer of N300, 000.

“However,out of patriotism and integrity, the Officers chose the path of honour by detaining them at the Command Headquarters,” he said.

The Area Comptroller had since handed over the suspects, the truck conveying the railway tracks and the sum of N300,000 cash to the Commander NSCDC Sokoto Command for further investigation and prosecution.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Customs Services, Sokoto Area Command has auctioned 11, 270 litres of petroleum it seized from the smugglers within the areas of its coverage, the Area Comptroller, Alhaji Jamal Mohammed has disclosed

Kamal said that the decision was in compliance to the Comptroller General Mr Bashir Adewale’s matching directives to seal up all routes used for the smuggling of petroleum products,

He said that the operatives under the aegis of Zone ” B” whirlwind tactical team with reinforcement by Officers and men of Sokoto/Zamfara Area Command intercepted 11, 270liters of premium spirit (PMS) popular called petrol.

According to him ,this is in an effort of the Service to curtail smuggling and economic sabotage of petroleum products.

“It could be recall that the Comptroller General of Customs Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR on the 22 of May, 2024 inaugurated an intelligence – driven tactical team code named whirlwind assigned with the sole mandate of combatting the smuggling of petroleum products to neighboring countries.

Mr Kamal said that the maritime and cross border smuggling of PMS has a negative impact on the overall supply chain of the product in addition to the possibility of funding of criminal activities with the proceeds.

“Even with the removal of subsidy, the smuggling of PMS brings about extra cost burden on the country both in terms of security of supply and securing of the scarce foreign exchange used to import the product.

“The service is poised to continue to protect Nigeria’s economic interest with dedication and integrity without fear or favour in tandem with the provision of the law.

“Inline with extant laws and the approval by the Comptroller General of Customs, the seized PMS will be auctioned to the general public today at a token of 180 naira per liter,” he said.

Mr Kamal warned the smugglers to desist from their dastardly act as the long arm of the law will surely catch up with them in no distance time.

He appreciated the continuous support and effort of the newsmen to the command towards upholding the rule of law and protection of the Nation’s interest.