Petroleum Smugglers Boat Runs Aground At Seme Border, Customs, Navy, Immigration Make Seizures


By Dapo Olawuni

A boat operated by smugglers conveying several jerry cans for smuggling of fuel has ran aground at Seme Beach while approaching the Republic of Benin.

Customs Area Controller, Seme Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Compt Dera Nnadi who made the announcement on Saturday morning said that officials of the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Immigration Service with the assistance of some labour swung into action to remove the boat and the jerry cans.

Several 25liters jerrycans used for smuggling of petroleum products onboard the grounded boat

While Nigeria is battling scarcity of petroleum products and hike in price of the PMS, smugglers have continued to transport the commodity to neighboring countries of Benin, Togo, Chad, Niger among others.

However, the Customs anti-smuggling czar, Compt Dera Nnadi has vowed that under his watch, smuggling activities through the seme borders would be crushed.

Just recently, the command intercepted 553 parcels of canabis sativa worth N10million. The command also recently handed over fake dollar bills worth $6million which was intercepted at the border to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

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