Two coffins used to conceal 385 liters of petrol has been intercepted at the Nigerian- Benin Republic Boarder, Seme by men of the Nigeria Customs Service. The customs service operatives also arrested the suspected smugglers during the operation.
Speaking with newsmen about the incidents of smuggling in the current face of boarder closure and ban in the supply of petroleum products to filling station with 20 kilometers of the Nigerian land boarders, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Customs Service Ogun 1 Area Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, confirmed that the arrest was made on Wednesday December 4. He said the petrol kept in 13 Jerry cans of 25 litres and six Jerry cans of 10 litres was concealed in two new caskets which were placed in a rickety Mazda 626 with Lagos number LSD 617 CW.
“We therefore appeal to the general public to embrace legitimate means of livelihood and to avoid smuggling in all its ramifications. The eagle eye is all around Ogun state to halt new techniques initiated by economic saboteurs to perpetuate their illicit acts”, Maiwada said.
The current effect of the tightened security in the boarder area is said to be felt in the neighbouring West African counties especially in the supply of petroleum products and cross border trade on commodities originally imported from other parts of the world. Benin Republic is a known trans-shipping destination that targets the Nigerian market.