March 28, 2023

Maritime Today Online

latest news and events in maritime and shipping

Customs intercepts vehicles with fabricated tanks supplying fuel to bandits in Katsina

Reps demand prosecution of Customs officers over killings in Ogun

The Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has intercepted two vehicles with fabricated tanks suspected to be supplying bandits with petroleum products in the bush.

The Acting Controller of the command, Dalha Wada- Chedi disclosed this on Monday while briefing newsmen on the recent achievement of the Command

He said the vehicles, Peugeot 504 model with fabricated tanks, were loaded with fuel, saying the vehicles were valued N280,000 each.

Recall that the state government had banned the sales of fuel in jerry cans as part of measures to tackle security challenges in the state.

According to him, with measures put in place by the state government, the criminals have resorted to using motorcycles to buy fuel and hide it somewhere, only to offload same into jerricans.

“We were also able to intercept 14 motorcycles loaded with fuel, also suspected to be taking to bandits in the forest.

“After an intelligence report, we traced the criminals and recorded them while in action but unfortunately, they escaped arrest”, he lamented.

Wada-Chedi added that the command had also succeeded in seizing 205 pieces of USB telephone chargers suspected to be supplied to the criminals for charging their telephones.

“These USB chargers were made in such a way that they can be connected with their motorcycles batteries to charge their phones,” he said.