Economy: PMS is our gold, CG reads riot act, warns Adamawa, Taraba smugglers
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Economy: PMS is our gold, CG reads riot act, warns Adamawa, Taraba smugglers

At a special press conference in Yola, the Director-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (CGC), Bashir Adeniyi, read out the riot act to smugglers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), whom he described as saboteurs of the Nigerian economy.

CG Adeniyi on Monday at the Adamawa and Taraba headquarters of the Customs Command in Yola warned smugglers and stressed that Nigeria is targeting PMS so that law enforcement agencies can never allow them (smugglers) to transport products to neighboring countries for illegal business purposes.

He issued a standing order and further warned smugglers to avoid illegal activities as their activities undermine the current government’s economic recovery efforts.

While reading the riot dossier aimed at dealing with every violator according to the law, CG Adeniyi was furious at the behavior of the smugglers, claiming that they are not patriotic Nigerians considering the suffering people are undergoing because of these scoundrels.

The CG presented the scorecard that Operation Whildwind last week of intensive operations seized a total of 150,950 liters of PMS worth N106 million at various locations across the country.

He stated that 75% of the seizures were recorded in the border towns of Adamawa State.

He said: “45,000 liters of PMS in a tanker were seized at Muva and Mubi in Adamawa, 2,375 liters of PMS in 95.23 garbage cans in Mubi, another 4,450 liters of the same products in 178. 25 canisters were also seized at various locations along Song roads , Wuroboki, Mubi, Sahuda and Gidan Madara to Sahuda bird roads, all in Adamawa State.

“Another 20,030 liters of PMS products in 25 and 30 jerry cans were also seized from various locations in Illela Sokoto and Agbaragba creeks on the Mfum border in Cross River State,” he stated.

CGC asked the press to review activities under Operation Whirlwind launched two weeks ago under the auspices of the National Security Advisor to reduce the threat of oil spills in the country.

He added that the Nigerian Customs will henceforth ensure close monitoring of tankers to ensure they keep to their delivery destinations.

According to him, the Nigerian Customs will control the proliferation of fuel stations, which will create space and benefits for smugglers to smuggle their products from the country’s shores.
CGC, however, was quick to add that when undertaking this activity, the service will take into account older communities who use PMS for agriculture and other domestic activities.

Bashir Adeniyi has disclosed that in the first quarter of this year, the Nigerian Customs Service has already collected over one trillion naira into the national coffers as part of its efforts to improve the economy.

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