By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Ogun 1 Area Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has revealed that its officers, in conjunction with officers of the Federal Operations Unit Zone A, also of the NCS and the CGC Strike Force has intercepted 19 jerry cans of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) concealed in two caskets by daredevil smugglers at the Idiroko border area in Ogun State.
According to a statement signed by the Spokesman of the Ogun 1 Area Command of the NCS, Abdullahi Maiwada, the 19 jerry cans of PMS consisted of 13 Jerry cans of 25 litres and six Jerry cans of 10 litres.
According to the statement: “In continuation of the fight against smuggling, a Joint Special Taskforce comprising of officers and men of the Ogun I Command; Federal Operation Unit Zone “A” and CGC’s Strike Force intercepted 13 Jerry cans of 25 litres and six Jerry cans of 10 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) concealed clandestinely in two caskets.
The said items were conveyed by a daredevil smuggler with the intention of smuggling the items across the border to a neighbouring country in a Mazda 626 with Lagos registration number LSD 617 CW.
“To this end, the Command wishes to reiterate its stand that there is no retreat on the fight against smuggling in whatever disguise.
We, therefore, appeal to the general public to embrace legitimate means of livelihood and to avoid smuggling in all its ramifications.
The eagle eye is all around Ogun state to halt new techniques initiated by economic saboteurs to perpetuate their illicit acts.