Customs Intercepts Truckload of Petrol being Smuggled out of Nigeria.
Officers of the Oyo and Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service have intercepted truck load of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol, being smuggled out of Nigeria, with the duty paid value of #5,079,800.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Babajide Jaiyeoba, who briefed journalists on the command's achievements within the past few weeks, at the headquarters of the command in Ibadan, said the commodity was intercepted in some communities on the Oke-Ogun axis of Oyo State, where Nigeria shares borders with a neighbouring country.
Correspondent Kunle Ojo reports that the petrol, according to him, was concealed in 210 drums of 200 litres each, and 629 kegs of 25 litres each, totalling 57,725 litres.
He added that 141 drums of the commodity, totalling 28,200 litres, were intercepted in one fell swoop. The commodity, he said, would be auctioned in accordance with relevant laws.
Track up, Babajide Jaiyeoba, Area Controller, Oyo and Osun Command, Nigeria Customs Service, sound 1.
Jaiyeoba, who stated that the command also generated over N5.4billion in April 2022 alone, which represents an increase of over N905.9million when compared to the collection of the same period in 2021, disclosed that the command has generated over N19,031billion in the first four months of 2022.
The command, according to him, also made seizures of 2,198 bags of rice of 50 kilogrammes each, with DPV of an N38,648,800.
Track up, Babajide Jaiyeoba, Area Controller, Oyo and Osun Command, Nigeria Customs Service, sound 2.
He added that 67 compressed wraps of Cannabis Sativa were also intercepted, along with three suspects, saying the suspects and the offending items have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation and prosecution in line with statutory regulations.