Customs, NNPCL collaborate to tackle fuel smuggling in Nigeria

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The Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited have partnered to tackle fuel smuggling in the country.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale disclosed this in a statement after the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL, Mele Kyari led the company’s delegate to the headquarters of NSC on Friday.

Adeniyi stressed his commitment to reinvigorate the existing partnership between NSC and NNPCL to effectively combat the smuggling of petroleum products outside Nigeria.

“The operations that we have done have thrown up several issues, but despite them, I am happy we have made fantastic seizures from different parts of the country, and we saw the ingenious ways in which smugglers take supplies from the depot and place them in their stations.

“The stations might look empty from the front. Still, directly behind, they have linked the hoses through some artificial holes created in their walls into waiting jerrycans and vehicles from where they take them across the borders.

“It is an act of economic sabotage, and those that we have seen, we have arrested them, confiscated the product that was seen, we sealed up the filling stations, and we have handed them over to the regulatory authorities to handle.

“Some filling station operators tactically devise means to smuggle fuel in a way that is not noticeable,” he said.

On his part, Kyari stated that the smuggling of PMS is a major National challenge for the country.

He requested the CGC’s help to minimize the smuggling of PMS outside Nigeria.

He said, “We are available to provide any necessary support to combat this crime in our borders. We are happy to work with you, and we appreciate the enormous impact of your collaboration so far.”

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