The Adamawa/Taraba Customs Area Command has successfully intercepted a significant quantity of contraband items, including 15,449 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), with a cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) exceeding N13 million.
This information was revealed in a press statement on the Nigeria Customs Service’s official page on X.
News About Nigeria gathered that in addition to the PMS, the command seized 19 cartons of foreign insecticide and 26 bags of foreign parboiled rice, each weighing 50kg.
Addressing the media, the Customs Area Controller, Adamawa/Taraba area Command, Comptroller Abdullahi, outlined that, due to the flammability of the intercepted PMS, a significant portion had been disposed of in adherence to existing laws, and the resulting proceeds had been remitted into the Federation Account.
The remaining fraction of the PMS, he stated, would be auctioned immediately after the briefing.
The Customs Area Controller cited the contravention of Section 246 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 as the grounds for the PMS seizure, underscoring that the Command’s territorial borders remained officially closed.
Despite not apprehending any of the smugglers, who reportedly fled the scene, Comptroller Abdullahi expressed the commitment of the command to crack down on smuggling activities.
He emphasised the critical role of collaboration among Nigerians, stakeholders, and relevant security agencies in the fight against smuggling.
Expressing gratitude to the officers and personnel of the Command for their continuous efforts, Comptroller Abdullahi acknowledged the support of the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi, and his Management Team.
The recent addition of operational vehicles, he noted, had significantly enhanced the effectiveness of the command in combating smuggling activities in the region, leading to notable successes in the seizures recorded.
Adamawa/Taraba Customs Intercepts 15,449 Litres of PMS, Others Worth Over N13 Million
The Customs Area Controller, Adamawa/Taraba area Command, Comptroller Salisu Abdullahi, said the command had recorded 19 seizures of assorted items such as15,449 litres of Premium Motor Spirit… pic.twitter.com/ljaz0Jp0PT
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