The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said it intercepted a total of 139 cartons of expired soft drinks. more than 10 tank trucks of 33,000 liters each.
The customs area controller, Compt. Mohammed Jibo, at a press conference on Friday, said that apart from the 139 cartons of expired soft drinks intercepted, he also seized some shipments of illicit and restricted drugs.
Speaking on the war against the smuggling of petroleum products, in regards to a recent offensive by his officers and men, Jibo said: “The continuous monitoring of beaches and coves by our men has recorded yet another huge interception of 1,600 jerry cans of petroleum products. 30 liters each.
“The arrest was made in the late hours of Tuesday, June 7, 2022, along the Seme-Badagry waterways.”
It listed the illicit drugs to include 100 cartons of gabadol/tramadol, 120 milligrams, 2.8 kilograms, 306 packets of cannabis sativa, and 132 packets of tramadol capsules; with a combined Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,481,107,671.00.
He explained that the seized oil alone intercepted along the Badagry and Seme streams has a VPD of N65.6 million.
The customs boss said the other items seized are 86 pieces of Apetamine syrup; 302 Dynewell Syrup Prices; 50 pieces of yellow baba syrup; three sachets of Rofhymol, 32 vials of cough syrup; 99 cartons of intrepid energy drinks and 139 cartons of soft drinks with a VPD of 1.48 billion naira.
Jibo further revealed that two suspects have been arrested in connection with some of the seizures, adding that the seized petroleum products will be auctioned off in accordance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) for seized perishables.
He attributed the impressive performance of the command, officers and men to renewed strategies and uncommon support from CGC directed leadership.
“Professionalism, discipline, good working relationships with our stakeholders, cordial relationships with host communities, and collaboration with other security agencies were among the strategies responsible for this scorecard,” a- he declared.
By: Nkpemenyie Micdominic, Lagos