Comptroller Joseph Attah , Controller Kebbi Command of the Nigerian Customs Service(NCS) showcasing the kegs of petrol intercepted by his officers to the Media at the Command’s Kebbi office.
BY NKECHI NAECHE-ESEZOBOR–Anti smuggling operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service, Kebbi Area Command have continued to give petroleum smugglers tough time as the Command’s Anti-bunkering team seized 478 jerrycans of 25 liters each (11,950 liters) of PMS intended to be smuggled out of the country through Yauri water way on Thursday, 11th August, 2022 .
According to statement released by Nasiru Manga, Public Relations Officer for Customs Area Controller, Kebbi Area Command, based on a tip off, the intelligence operatives had monitored the movement of loaded jerrycans of PMS to a spot near the water way for some days before the deployment of the anti-bunkering squad, who struck and intercepted the 11,950 litres of PMS and evacuated the product 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, calling on the 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.