Customs Seize 1,251 Jeri cans of Petrol in Kwara

Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) in North Central has seized 1,251 Jeri cans of 25 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) in Kwara State.

The Coordinator of the JBPT North Central with headquarters at Customs Sector 3 Ilorin, Comptroller Olugboyega Peters disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Ilorin.

He said the team made the seizure along border towns of Chikanda and Baretun in Kwara State.

Peters added that the sector recorded 49 seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N29, 273,300 from August to December 2021.

“These include: 1,251 Jeri cans of 25 liters each of PMS (31,273liters), 751 Bags of foreign par boiled Rice, 9 Used Vehicles, 550 live cartridges as earlier mentioned above, 7 Bales of second clothing, 1 Motorcycles used as a means of conveyance of PMS and also used as smuggling surveillance.

The comptroller revealed that the Joint Border Patrol Team intercepted a large quantity of ammunition of 550 cartridges containing 22 packs of 25 pieces each in  Benue state.

Based on intelligence report, the sector intercepted a commercial bus around Y Junction, Adikpo in Benue state heading to Taraba state from Onitsha in Anambra state. On searching the vehicle, two black Bagco sacks found to contain pump action cartridges suspected to have been smuggled into the country.” He explained

The ammunition, driver and the suspect were arrested immediately and brought to Sector 3 headquarters, Ilorin, Kwara state. After preliminary investigation, as the law of jurisdiction demands, they were all handed over to Nigeria Police Force, Benue state for further investigation.

“It might interest you to know that arms and ammunition is classified under schedule 4 of ABSOLUTE PROHIBITION LIST of the Common External Tariff of Nigeria Customs Service- HS Code 9306.

The Comptroller also warned those who want to use this yuletide period to make money by smuggling prohibited items to think twice.

According to him, our officers have continued to dominate the general area with aggressive patrols to deny smugglers freedom of action. The general public is thus encouraged to continue to provide credible information to the Sector operating within their localities.

“I want to assure Nigerians that Joint Border Patrol Team; Sector 3 will do all it takes to ensure that smuggling suffocates and in due course collapse. This can easily be achieved if host communities, youths, Community Leaders, Religious Leaders and the local dwellers stop seeing smuggling as a means of livelihood and equally stop conspiring or assisting the perpetrators of this heinous crime called smuggling. Section 77 (a to c) of Customs and Excise management Act is explicit on this.”

Peters also appeal to border communities most especially youths to eschew from smuggling and stop confronting or obstructing operatives from carrying out their legitimate duties.

“It is worth mentioning that the Federal Government has made significant strides to encourage local production of home grown rice through Anchor Borrowers Programme and Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. Therefore, all members of the public are encouraged to take advantage of Federal Government visible efforts on transforming the Agricultural sector and its efforts towards industrialization of the economy, not to sabotage the effort of Federal Government through smuggling and anyone found, will be sanctioned accordingly.

“I also want to appeal to the general public to embrace legitimate means of livelihood and to avoid smuggling of prohibited items that are inimical to attaining the vision of having a healthy and economically viable society. However, our resolve to deal with perpetrators and saboteurs of this agenda remains unshaken.

“It is on record that youths whom we refer to as leaders of tomorrow, who are supposed to support the policies and programmes of Federal Government, allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous element to attack or link tragedy or accident that befall road users to our operatives.

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