Continuous surveillance : Seme Customs records N1.5bn seizures
* Items include 10 tankers of petrol, expired soft drinks, hard drugs,
Following continuous surveillance of its area of responsibility, Seme Customs Command has made remarkable interceptions of 10,865 jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol,
equivalent to 325,950 litres, about 10 tanker loads. The seized petrol has a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N65.6million.
With increased tempo in its anti-smuggling operations, the Command also made another huge interception of 1,600 jerrycans of petroleum product, 30 litres each.
The seizure was made at the late hours of Tuesday, June 7, 2022 along Seme- Badagry waterways through intelligence. 48000 litres of PMS, with DPV of N11,579,040.00 (approximately N11.6million).
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Compt Bello Mohammed Jibo, made these facts known to Journalists during a press conference at the Command, even as he displayed the items before reporters.
The CAC said :
“In line with extant laws, the seized petroleum product will be auctioned in line with standard operating procedure of perishable items”.
He added :
“Also in our quest to ensure the safety and well-being of Nigerians, most especially the fight against drug trafficking, the Command is handing over the following items to both NDLEA and NAFDAC. These include 100 cartons of gabadol/tramadol 120mg; 2.8kg and 306 parcels of cannabis sativa; 132 packets of tramadol capsules; 86 Apetamin syrup; 302 dynewell syrup; 50 baba yellow syrup; 3 sachets of rofhymol; 32 bottles of cough syrup.
99 cartons of energy drink and 139 cartons of soft drinks (expired) to be destroyed.”
Compt Mohammed Jibo went on ;
“Sequel to the approval granted by the Comptroller General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ibrahim Ali, in line with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and equally in the spirit of inter-agency cooperation, the items are handed over to National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.
“The seized items have DPV of N1,481,107,671.00 (approximately N1.5billion”.
Speaking further, the CAC appreciated the contributions of stakeholders, the host communities, other security agencies and the media for their unflinching support towards the successes so far achieved.
Compt Jibo enthused :
“I thank the CGC and his management team for their support, guidance and motivation; also the gallant and patriotic officers of the Command for their commitment to the development and progress of the Nation”.
More so, professionalism, discipline, a good working relationship with stakeholders, cordial relationship with the host communities and collaboration with other security agencies, were cardinal principles exhibited by the CAC while piloting the affairs of the Command.
Also, the commitment and re-dedication of officers and men of the Command in the fight against smuggling, most especially that of petroleum products all contributed to the successes so far achieved by the Command.