By Chinonye Anyatonwu
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Kebbi Area Command has intercepted
478 Jerry cans of 25 litres each (11,950 liters) of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) intended to be smuggled out of the country through Yauri waterway.
In a statement issued and signed by
Public Relations Officer of the Command, Nasiru Manga, revealed that the anti smuggling operatives/anti-bunkering team of the Command made the interception on Thursday, August 11, 2022, as it continues to give petroleum smugglers in the state tough time.
According to him, the intelligence operatives had monitored the movement of loaded Jerry cans of PMS to a spot near the waterway for some days based on a tip off, before the deployment of the anti-bunkering squad who struck and intercepted the 11,950 litres of PMS.
He said that the product has been evacuated to the Command’s Headquarters in Birnin Kebbi.
Commenting on the development, the Customs Area Controller, Kebbi Area Command, Comptroller Joseph Attah lauded the fruitful collaboration of relevant units under the Command, stressing the need for security agencies to share information, work together and achieve result in the interest of the nation. “Together we are stronger”, he said.
The CAC further restated the Command’s resolve to strictly monitor all the waterways under the Command, especially this raining season against smuggling of PMS, rice, second hand clothes and other items that could compromise national security and economy.
He called on border communities to give relevant information that can help curtail smuggling activities in Kebbi State.
The renewed offensive on smugglers in the last two weeks has seen the Command making a number of seizures of PMS, second hand clothes, used vehicle, foreign fertilizers among others.
Compt. Joseph Attah, Customs Area Controller, Kebbi Command with Chief Superintendent of Customs Sulaiman Aji, showing seizure of 11,950 litres of PMS seized from smugglers.
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