Customs at Western Marine intercepts N15million smuggled fuel:
The Western Marine Command, WMC, of Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 43,750 litres of fuel from the Waterways within Yekemeh creek, along Badagry, valued at N15.4million. The Command also seized 348 cartons of smuggled soap, 438 second hand tyres and foreign rice at Gbao creek within the same period.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Sarkin Kebbi Mustapha, disclosed this while conducting news men round the seized items in Lagos, stressed that WMC is purely an enforcement unit and will not hesitate to enforce government’s policies on trade facilitation.
According to him, “The WMC will soon be boasted with necessary logistics, as the Comptroller General of Customs, CGC, Hameed Ali, has assured that soon two sea-going vessels will be commissioned to enhance their operational objectives before the end of the year.”
He said, “With the launch of the two vessels, officers who are trained on waterways operations will carry out their duties effectively without any fear of being attack by sea pirates”
He went on, “The smugglers on waterways knows how to maneuver their ways on the waterfront, but with the sea-going vessels we will do our best to arrest suspects for smuggling through the creeks.