The Nigeria Customs Service claims it seized about 565 sacks, containing 60 litres each of petroleum products (diesel) from smugglers in Otukpa, Benue State.
Men of the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone D which is made up of Benue, Nassarawa, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe, Bauchi, Borno and Gombe, intercepted the truck in June.
According to the Comptroller of the FOU, Adesanmi Omiye, who spoke in the Unit’s Headquarters in Bauchi, the diesel was wrapped in sacks and was suspected to have been coming from Port Harcourt.
He said, “The operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, Zone D, Bauchi, apart from blocking and suppressing smuggling within the zone, made seizures of 565 sacks, containing 60 litres each of petroleum products (diesel) totalling 33,900 litres, with a DPV of N12,910,250.
“Twenty four bundles of foreign textile material with a DPV of N8,880,000, four used vehicles with a DPV of N5,130,000, 27 bales of second-hand clothing with DPV of N4,860,000, and 236 cartons of foreign soap, with DPV of N1,556,500. The total DPV of all seizures is N51,238,235.00.”
“This diesel was seized at Otukpa in Benue State and from our little investigation, it seems the vehicle was coming all the way from Port Harcourt.”
“We know that this was supposed to be taken out of the country, but we were able to seize it. Everything inside it is diesel and this is supposed to be for local consumption. If we had compromised, it would have gone to a foreign country and they would be enjoying our subsidy, which is meant for our local market.”