Waterways Smuggling : Western Marine Command Intensifies Effort


…Seizes Rice, Vegetable Oil Worth N7.6m In One Week
The Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service, saddled with the responsibilities of checkmating smuggling activities on the waterways of western region of the country, has beep up it’s effort in ensuring that smuggling activities along the waterways are nipped in the bud.
The Command whose major concern is suppressing illicit activities on the waterways  has impounded 571 bags of 50kg
 foreign parboiled rice  and 49 kegs of 25kg litres of vegetable oil with Duty Paid Value, (DPV) of N7.6m within  seven days.
The seized items according to a statement issued by the commands image maker, Emmanuel Tangwa,
were intercepted around Bawe/Akere creeks by the headquarters joint patrol team that was on 24 hours patrol of the waterways and creeks. While smugglers being experts on water, abandoned the items on loaded wooden canoes and dived into the water.
He stated that   the achievement was made  through the new strategies introduced by the Command Area Controller,  Comptroller Sarkin Kebbi and his ever vibrant men and officers. 
Noting  that  the command  boss has  expressed his determination to fight and suppress smuggling activities through the water-ways and therefore the Command will continue its 24 hours patrol of the creeks and the water-ways.
He also said that  Comptroller Sarkin Kebbi enjoins the media and other stakeholders in the maritime industry to assist the command always with information and proper enlightenment of the public on the command’s anti-smuggling activities in the struggle of saving the country from the activities of the smugglers.


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