By Izuchukwu Ozoemena
The Controller in charge of Western Marine Command (WMC) of the Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Boyiliya Nyagarga Binga has called on the leaders and elders of riverine communities to warn their subjects against the negative impacts of smuggling activities.
Binga said this when he paid a familiarization visit to border communities in Badagry and Yekeme.
During his visit, the Controller urged indigenes of the communities to be law abiding by assisting the service with information on the activities of smugglers.
Binga warned that whoever engaged in smuggling activities would not be spared by the long arms of the law.
Meanwhile, in the last one month, the command intercepted cannabis, PMS and rice smuggled through the creeks.
While speaking on the seizures, the CAC was quoted in a statement as saying that the massive wraps of cannabis and rice were seized along Badagry creeks.
The statement added that 800 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each were intercepted; 806 wraps of Indian hemp and 15,000 kegs of 30 litres of PMS which were auctioned to the general public and security agencies.
According to him, the total DPV of the items seized was N 81,080,000.
Binga assured that more seizures would be achieved if the economic saboteurs continued in their illegal business. “Whatever sophisticated methods used by the smugglers, customs will track them down”, he assured.
Meanwhile, the Controller has embarked on a working visit to outstations under his jurisdiction as well as courtesy calls on sister agencies like the Navy, Immigration Service and the Controllers of Ogun and Seme customs commands.