Again: Western Marine Customs dares smugglers on waterways
*Seizes contraband worth over N8.2million
*Comptroller Peters lauds Officers at Idiroko Marine out-station
By Udeme Clement:
It was another shocking moment today at Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, as the Customs Area Controller, CAC, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters unveiled mind boggling seizures made by his team on the waterways.
The seized items include 342 bags of smuggled rice with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N7.5million, five bales of textile materials with DPV of N550,000.00, and two bales of second-hand clothings worth N168.000.00, making a total of over N8.2million.
These seizures came only three days after the same Command intercepted 30 large bags of smuggled petrol containing 150 litres each, making a total of 4.500 litres.
Addressing news men earlier today, Comptroller Peters asserted, “Our operatives made these seizures through our efforts to suppress smuggling along Western waterways”
He disclosed that the prohibited items were seized along Ere-Akere axis within Idiroko Marine out-station, Yekeme and Badagry areas of Western waters by his men.
He revealed, “The feat was recorded as a result of intelligence gathering, 24 hours patrol surveillance on waterways and doggedness of officers from our Command.”
The CAC commended officers for their dedication, determination and commitments towards making the waterways a- no-go-area for smugglers, especially now that illicit traders will want to take advantage of the lock-down to bring in contraband.
Comptroller Peters warned smugglers to find other means of livelihood. He stressed that no matter their antics, his men are alert 24 hours to track them on the waters and creeks”.
He added, “Gentlemen of the press, I appreciate your determination in dessiminating the efforts of the Service in anti-smuggling drive”.
Responding to questions during the press conference, he further commended the hard work of his Officers manning Idiroko Marine out-station, which is notorious for smuggling activities.
Investigation by Financial Business correspondent revealed that Idiroko axis is under the watch of Assistant Comptroller Abdullahi Ajiya, as the officer in charge.
Our findings also indicated that Idiroko is a very volatile area, where die-hard smugglers operates.
It takes high level of intelligence for Customs officers to curb smuggling at that axis.