Customs Intercepts Illicit PMS Worth N80m

By Nurat Uthman

The National coordinator, operations Whirl Wind zone B comprising Kebbi and Sotoko States, Comptroller, Kehinde Hussaini Ejibunu said the operational team has bursted international border petrol smugglers at various borders in zone B which led to the seizure of premium motor spirit (PMS) with duty paid value of N55m.

Ejibunu, who spoke in zone B, Birnin Kebbi ,said that the operation was carried out base on intelligence report as the team which operates from the office of the National security adviser embodies DSS, intelligence unit of NNPCL and other sister agencies who supplies information to the team who does not operate at check points but work as invisible as they only strike after gathering enough information on the activities of smugglers around the borders in the entire country

He explained, that operation whirl wind initiated by the federal Government seeks to stem international smuggling of PMS and other illicit items ‘ let me send a word of warning to the cartel involve in the diversion of the precious products to desist forthwith as there is no hiding place for criminals.”

Similarly, in joint showcase of seized items, Kebbi state Command of Nigeria Customs, led by the state Comptroller, mister Earnest Iheanacho Ojike, said that, the Command in her operations also seized 11,650 liters of PMS,40 cartoons of foreign spaghetti,50 bales of second hand clothes,28 cartoons of diclofenac tablets and ten jerrycans of vegetable oil with duty paid value of N25m in June,2024.

While thanking, the visitor mister Ejibunu, the Command’s Comptroller reiterated the uncompromising stand of the Customs service to put an end to smuggling in the Nigeria.

“Smugglers must know we are not sleeping we are always on our toes to make it hot for them,we will sustain operations to keep our border safe and people on lawful business,” he said.

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