Despite being shot at severally by suspected smugglers during an all-night operation yesterday, officers of Nigeria Customs Service, Zone A Federal Operations Unit have seized 81, 425 litres of premium motor spirit in Badagry.
Acting Controller of the unit Hussein Ejibunu who briefed reporters on the seizures which were packed in jerry cans, and sacks, said suspected smugglers using Dane guns shot at Customs officers who made the seizure.
He said the seizures were the result of painstaking intelligence and perseverance on the part of FOU officers who were committed to protecting the national economy.
Ejibunu described perpetrators of trans- border fuel smuggling as saboteurs that must be stopped as they don’t mean well for the country.
He decried a situation where the Federal Government spends huge amount of money to subsidise fuel for Nigerian citizens’ benefit only for a few persons to be smuggling the same fuel out of Nigeria for selfish gains.
He said: “The seizure is a result of serious intelligence. We have been monitoring them since last week, and the information came to me that some people were using sacks to smuggle petroleum products out of Nigeria.
“We put a tab on them and their cup became full yesterday. And what baffles me is the manner of loading, which I consider highly ingenious.
“For someone to think that instead of carrying drums like the ones we intercepted a few days ago from Ayegun border where they brought in about 60 drums containing PMS about to be moved from Nigeria and hid them in a bush; it was where they went to secure trucks that we swooped on them.
“The only difference in this new one is that they used sacks to conceal the product and put them close to a creek, from where they will be ferried out.”