The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, has intercepted 13 jerry cans of 25 litres and six jerry cans of 10 litres Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) carefully concealed in two caskets.
The items, according to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, Abdullahi Maiwada in Abeokuta, the State capital on Wednesday, were being smuggled to the neighbouring Benin Republic.
According to Maiwada, the Joint Special Taskforce, comprising Officers and Men of Ogun 1 Command, Federal Operation Unit Zone A and CGC’s Strike Force while on a routine patrol intercepted the vehicle, a Mazda 626 with registration number, LSD 617 CW conveying the products.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Customs Service had ordered the supply of petroleum products to the border communities as a result of the ongoing border closure.
The statement read, “In continuation of the fight against smuggling, a Joint Special Taskforce, comprising Officers and Men, of Ogun I Command, Federal Operation Unit Zone “A” and CGC’s Strike Force intercepted 13 Jerry cans of 25 litres and six Jerry cans of 10 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) concealed clandestinely in two caskets.”
“The said items were conveyed by a daredevil smuggler with the intention of smuggling the items across the border to a neighbouring country in a Mazda 626 with Lagos registration number LSD 617 CW.”
“To this end, the Command wishes to reiterate it’s stand that there is no retreat on the fight against smuggling in whatever disguise.”
“We therefore appeal to the general public to embrace legitimate means of livelihood and to avoid smuggling in all its ramifications. The eagle eye is all around Ogun State to halt new techniques initiated by economic saboteurs to perpetuate their illicit acts”, the statement concluded.