The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has sent out a warning message to die hard smugglers, saying that his officers are battle ready and determined to resist smuggling across waterways as a result of the closure of the land borders.
The Customs Area Controller of the command, Compt Olugboyega Peter’s stated this at a press briefing in Lagos on Friday.
Compt Peters assumed leadership of the command two weeks ago. Within these two weeks,the command has intercepted a total of 466 foreign parboiled 50kg bags of rice and 272 cartons of frozen poultry products.
Apart from these, 120 pieces of wrappers and 240 yards of plain materials were also seized within the short time frame. The 272 cartons of frozen products were destroyed in presence of officials of NAFDAC and DSS.
According to the Comptroller, the seizures were made at Bera Creek in Adodo,Ogun State,Badagry waters, Yekeme waterways,T-junction. The Controller added that the seizures had a total of N13,032,350.00 as the Duty Paid Value (DPV).
Compt Peter informed journalists that he had embarked on a tour of all creeks within the western waters in order to familiarize himself with the terrain and to find out what are the challenges of Customs officers mounting these areas.
Peters said his officers will continually increase their patrol on waters to prevent smugglers from accessing the Nigerian markets through waters