By Seun Ibiyemi
The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said that its command has intercepted 152 jerry cans of 25 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and other items worth millions of naira during the period of EndSARS protest.
In statement made available to Nigerian NewsDirect by the public relations officer of the command, Hussaini Abdullahi stated that the attention of Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has been drawn to a misrepresentation of facts published in page one (1) of Maritime Report, Vanguard Newspaper publication of Wednesday, 28th October, 2020. “However, the motive of the writer to orchestrate such malicious report on a reputable newspaper known for upholding professionalism and ethics remains unknown,” it read.
“The statement alleged that officers of Nigeria Customs Service Seme Area Command and other Security agencies vacated Seme-Badagry road for fear of being attacked by Hoodlums and #EndSARS protesters, thereby creating free access for smugglers to perpetrate their unpatriotic act.
“The Command wishes to state clearly that, the allegation is untrue and unfounded as officers were not only in their various duty posts, but were reinvigorated in their anti-smuggling operations. This translated into the seizures of the following items from 12th October to date, which falls within the period of #EndSARS protest: 396X50KG of foreign parboiled rice, 152X25 Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit, 6X25Litres of Vegetable Oil.
Also 7 units of smuggled vehicles were intercepted, the above mentioned seized items have a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth millions Naira
“It is on this premise that the Command appeals to members of the public to disregard this misinformed publication that was built based on fallacy and may affect the morale of officers who day and night risk their lives to protect our borders.
“To this end, the Command will continue to enforce Federal Government fiscal policies, provide professional and quality service that will enhance development of the Country at large.