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Customs impound N15m goods

The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday seized goods estimated at N 15 m from smugglers along the Gbao, Yekeme and pasha creeks of Lagos and Otta axis .

The seizure , which included 43 , 750 litres of Petrol were estimated at N6 . 3m , 348 cartons and 25 sacks of assorted foreign soaps valued at N3 . 2m .

The seizure also included 438 used tyres valued at N2 . 1m and 300 bags of rice worth N 2. 1 m

Comptroller Sarki Kebbi, the Area Controller Western Marine Command, at a news conference said the command was apt in the use of intelligence gathering.

“ I have promised that under my watch as the CAC of the command , smugglers will not have their way to perpetuate their evil business.

“ My men are highly motivated and I have ordered for a 24 -hour patrol of the waterways and creeks and it is yielding positive result as you are aware ..

“ The NCS, in trying to curtail the activities of smugglers, has increased the manning of the high ways and some land border routes used for the smuggling .

“ To this effect , smugglers have tended to fall into the waters , thinking that it will be easy for them . We are going to smoke them out of the waters . I have advised them to change business, otherwise they will have themselves to blame for their waterloo , ’’ he said .

He said that the command ’ s operations would soon be boosted as the Comptroller General of the NCS , retired Col. Hameed Ali , had assured of the provision of two sea vessels .

He said that no suspect was arrested during the operation because the smugglers had mastered the terrain and were able to escape through the waters .

According to him, with the acquisition of the sea operational vessels , the officers and men will be able to make arrests.

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