Customs intercepts Benin Republic bound Petroleum Products In Lagos

Abiola Seun 

The Seme border command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday said it intercepted 54,275 jerry can of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) being smuggled out of the country to neighbouring Benin Republic.

The seizure is equivalent to one and half tanker load of PMS.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Hussein Abdullahi disclosed that exotic vehicles such as Mercedes Benz, Toyota highlander, frozen poultry products worth N163million naira were intercepted.

Hussein who quoted the Customs Area Controller, Compt. Chedi Wada said the command also destroyed smuggled exported drugs, food items and other seizures valued at N168million.

He said, “Notable seizures are Mercedes Benz C300, Mercedes Benz GLK 350, Mercedes Benz GLK 350 4matic, Toyota Highlander 2013 Model.

Other seizures made within the same period under review are 695 bags of rice(50kg each); 54, 275 litres of Premium Motor Spirit ( PMS); 327 cartons of frozen poultry products; 36 Units of used and means of conveyance vehicles; 111 Parcels of cannabis sativa and 996 General Merchandise goods.”

“213 interceptions were made, with the total DPV of 163million, five suspects were arrested during the period under review, of which some were release on administrative bails while others were handed over to NDLEA for further investigations.”

Giving a breakdown of the seizures, Wada listed medicaments of different brands; 455,185 cards of tablets; syrup of different brands and milligrams over 50,000ml; 144 pack of expired viju milk;157 sacks of waste animal hair; 493 sacks of expired diapers and 14,400ml of hydrogen peroxide.

Other seizures he listed includes 4,120 sachets of nylon monofilament;558 units of hydrocotizole injection; 147,000ml apetamine syrup; 10 cartons of expired refined sugar; 4,225,500 total milligrams of tramadol manufactured in 50mg capsules and 4packets of expired brown sugar.

The Controller added that drug-related seizures and suspects have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

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