Customs seized smuggled N106m fuel within seven days – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and world news
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Customs seized smuggled N106m fuel within seven days – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and world news

The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, has shed light on how the agency’s Special Operations Unit seized 150,950 liters of petrol worth N105,965,391 in a week.

Bashir, who was in Adamawa yesterday for a press conference on “Operation Whirl Wind”, said that in the special operation launched two weeks ago, the NCS also seized 129,185 liters worth N90,558,685 as part of its routine operations, in connection with a total of 280,135 liters of confiscated gasoline.

“During seven days of intense operations at various locations across the country, a total of 150,950 liters of PMS (petrol) worth N105,965,391 was seized,” he said on the success of Operation Whirlwind.

On seizures made as part of routine activities of various commands, the CG explained that a total of 129,185 liters of fuel worth P90,558,685 was seized by federal operational units and naval commands.

Briefing at the Adamawa/Taraba Area Command headquarters in Yola, the Auditor General said fuel smuggling has become so rampant because of the higher cost of the product in neighboring countries.

He noted: “Comparative studies show that fuel prices in Nigeria remain the lowest compared to other countries in the West and Central African region.
“While in Nigeria, petrol is sold at an average price of N701.99, in Benin Republic it is sold at an average of N1,672.05 and in Cameroon it is N2,061.55.

“In other countries in the region, the price of PMS ranges from N1,427.68 in Liberia to N2,128.20 in Mali, with an average of N1,787.57, according to open source fuel price data.”

Bashir stressed that cross-border fuel diversion, which has become so lucrative for smugglers, constitutes economic sabotage that the NCS cannot tolerate.

“Gasoline trucks from refineries and depots are always destined for specific locations and if such trucks are far from their destination, we will act,” he promised.

Asked why he did not mention the arrest of suspects, the CG said most of the seizures had been abandoned.