Customs Apprehends 4 Over Attempt To Smuggle 116,000 Litres Of Petrol To Benin Republic



Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) attached to the Headquarters of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ikeja, have apprehended four suspected smugglers while attempting to snuggle 116,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol into Benin Republic.
The suspects were arrested along the Badagry-Seme waterways with the product which they careful concealed in a wooden canoe.
Customs Area Controller, FOU, Zone A, Usman Bello Yahaya, while showcasing the seized products  to media men at the Customs Terminal at Ikorodu described the suspects as economic sabotuers and enemies of the nation.
Yahaya noted that the suspects along with some others who are still at large had perfected plans to move the petrol into Benin Republic where they would have sold same for a higher price.
Though, the identities of the suspects were not given owing to the new Lagos State Government laws outlawing the parade of suspects in the state, but the controller said efforts were on to arrest other fleeing members.
“Just last week, officials of the Unit while on patrol got intelligence report about the movement of smuggled items through the state backwaters.
“Based on the strength of the report, a team of operative stormed the location along the Badagry-Seme waterways where they saw a group of people loading jerricans filled with petrol into a wooden canoe.
“The customs men swoop down on them and arrested four of the suspects. Others jumped into the river and swam off. Because we did not want to record any casualty, we allowed them to go without firing any shot. But four arrested were brought to base and they are sti being detained.
“Investigation also revealed that the suspects had on-board the canoe 116,000 litres of petrol stored in 4,640 25 litre plastic Jerry cans” he said.


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