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Some smugglers operating at entry points in Nigeria have lost their merchandise totaling millions of naira to security operatives.
The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday seized goods estimated at N15m 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 N2.1m
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.