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11,650 liters of PMS, narcotics, and other items are seized by customs in Kebbi

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11,650 liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), or gasoline, have been confiscated by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in Kebbi State.

This is a component of its continuous initiatives to stop the illicit smuggling of commodities throughout the nation.

The Comptroller of the Kebbi Command, Iheanacho Ernest Ojike, made the announcement at a press conference in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday regarding the discovery of more illicit goods.

These items included 10 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 50 bales of used clothing, 40 cartons of foreign spaghetti, and 28 cartons of 50mg Diclofenac tablets.

According to Ojike, the confiscated commodities had a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N14,792,400, or fourteen million seven hundred and ninety-two thousand four hundred naira.

He said that the confiscated PMS will be put up for public auction, with the proceeds expected to bring in eight million, one hundred and seventy-eight thousand, one hundred and eighty-three naira (N8,178,183) for the Federal Government’s coffers.

“June saw a 67.6% increase in revenue for the team over May, totaling twenty-five million, eight hundred and forty-seven thousand, six hundred and eleven naira (N25,847,611).” Ojike continued.

Comptroller Hussien Ejibunu, the National Coordinator of Operation Whirlwind, revealed in a separate briefing held in Birnin Kebbi that Operation Whirlwind’s D’ axis operators had seized PMS items in the Sokoto Area Command.

According to Ejibunu, the operation has effectively disrupted and eliminated countrywide networks of Premium Motor Spirit traffickers.

“The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), other law enforcement agencies, and the Office of the National Security Adviser are working together to coordinate this operation,” he stated.

A further significant seizure of 661 kegs, each holding 30 and 40 liters, and 15 drums, each holding 200 liters, were disclosed by him. This made a total of 79,500 liters of PMS with a DPV of N55,729,500, or fifty-five million, seven hundred and twenty-nine thousand, five hundred naira.

These intercepts were made in the states of Sokoto and Kebbi.

Ejibunu added that in order to avoid diversion, one filling station was blocked off and turned over to the regulatory body, NMDPRA, for additional inquiry. She also noted that PMS transportation, discharging, and dispensing operations were continuously monitored.

He warned that the Nigerian Customs Service will keep up its ruthless pursuit of economic saboteurs and asked smugglers to reevaluate their actions and embrace legal commercial endeavors.

“Their unlawful actions have no place here,” he declared.

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