A total of 15,449 litres of Premium Motor Spirit has been seized by the Adamawa/Taraba Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The seized item has a cumulative Duty Paid Value of N13m.
The NSC made this disclosure in a statement on its social media handle on Tuesday.
The statement said the Area Controller, Salisu Abdullahi, disclosed this during a press briefing held on November 17, 2023, at the headquarters of the Area Command in Yola.
According to the statement, other items seized included 19 cartons of foreign insecticide and 26 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice.
On account of the flammability of the PMS, the Comptroller said most of the product had been disposed of following the extant laws, and the accrued proceeds remitted into the Federation Account.
Abdullahi said the fraction of the PMS remaining on the ground will also be auctioned after the briefing.
He added that the command didn’t apprehend any of the smugglers as they all took to their heels, however, he vowed to clamp down on all smugglers, maintaining that the nation cannot afford to allow saboteurs to take over the economy.
The comptroller called on Nigerians, stakeholders, and all relevant security agencies at the Command’s frontiers to continue collaborating with the Customs in the battle against the menace of smuggling.