May 21, 2024

Customs Overpower Petrol Thieves Heading to Cameroon

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Customs Overpower Petrol Thieves Heading to Cameroon

… Tankers Seized In Taraba, Adamawa

By Ebenezer William

It gives me joy to welcome you to the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters, Adamawa/Taraba Area Command, Yola to speak to you on the relentless efforts of our Command Operatives targeted at anti-smuggling activities, illicit trade across the territorial borders of the Command and the huge success recorded since I took over the affairs of the Command late last month.

In the past two weeks, our drive to thwart smuggling rings in this command has produced outstanding results. The success recorded so far could invariably predicated on the synergy, robust border management, intelligence sharing and unwavering efforts of our operatives.

The Command Officers while on anti-smuggling operations along the Command frontiers within two weeks under my leadership had recorded five (05) incidents of interception of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) on its way to the neighbouring Country, Cameroon Republic. The intercepted and seized PMS plus the Means of Conveyance hereinafter are Valued at Ten Million, eight hundred and seventy-one thousand, four hundred and ninety-six naira and twenty-five Kobo only (N10,871,496.25) as the Duty Paid Value (DPV). However, during the Operations, no suspect was apprehended, as they abandoned the items and absconded in an attempt to circumvent arrest. The seized items include the following:
i.​12,435 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) packed in 491x25L and 8 x 20L Jerry Cans.
ii.​one used Mitsubishi truck -Means of conveyance of the PMS and
iii.​One used Motor Cycle – the Means of Conveyance of the PMS.
The seizure of these items is in line with sections 150 and 248 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 considering that the Command’s territorial borders are officially closed. However, due to the inflammable nature of these PMS, they will be auctioned immediately after this briefing by the standard operating procedure (SOP) and as enshrined in section 119 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 and the proceeds accrued remitted into the Federation Account accordingly.

Smugglin gactivities had done more harm than good to the nation. It hinders our national growth and strangles our trade policies with revenue, foreign investment, preservation of domestic trade and growth, food security and public security. Smuggling networks are often connected to diverse illicit activities, such as money laundering, terrorism financing and human trafficking, which can disrupt national security and the rule of law.

The Nigeria Customs Service, Adamawa/Taraba Area Command on this, will never give up in its fight against the menace of smuggling until the command is purged of it. We want to unwaveringly tell the smugglers that our operatives are strategically repositioned along the borderlines to fasten their exit out of this illicit business. We advised you to renounce economic sabotage and illicit trade into and out of the Command’s territorial borders and adopt a legitimate business as the Command Operatives will not rest on their oars until we stamp out smuggling across all the command borders.

To the border Communities and the patriotic Nigerians, we solicit your partnership in the area of providing timely intelligence that can aid our operations in getting rid of this economic scourge from our nation. The transporters and oil marketers to be vigilant and patriotic to deny these smugglers a supply chain. And to the Media Personnel, please do increase awareness campaign to educate the general public on the dangers and negative impacts of smuggling on our socio-economic development.

Finally, we attributed these huge successes recorded so far to the unwavering support and encouragement of the management of the Nigeria Customs Service under the tenacious leadership of Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR who has continued to give all the required backup and supply chain for our smooth anti-smuggling operations. We wholeheartedly appreciate his unrelenting drive for service advancement. The cooperative advantage of all the Customs Units made up of the CIU, FOU, SIS, Valuation, ICT and other security agencies are well recognised.

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