… NSCDC destroys 16 illegal refineries in Edo***
The Niger Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has collected about N846m as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from January to June.
Mr Benjamin Binga, Comptroller of Customs in charge of Niger, Kwara and Kogi Commands, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday.
He said that the command was putting measures in place to step up security at the border posts, to curtail illegal trades and prevent contraband from coming into the country.
The Comptroller explained that the command would also carry out 100 per cent physical examination to prevent offensive goods from being smuggled into the country through the borders in the area.
He said that already, the Area Command had issue an effective operational order to its field officers at the border posts on how to tackle the menace of smuggling.
Binga said that the command intercepted a truck with registration number AKD 904X conveying 189,000 live cartridges at Banana border post from Benin Republic.
“There are 7,560 packs all together and each pack contains 25 pieces of the live ammunition, ” he said.
He said that the truck was disguised to be carrying over 100 empty Jerry cans, but on thorough checking, it was discovered that the truck had a false bottom which was used to hide the cartridges.
He solicited the support of stakeholders, traditional and religious leaders in mobilising residents to volunteer information that would aid in apprehending all those involved in the illegal trade.
In the meantime, the Anti-Vandal Unit of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps ( NSCDC ) in Edo State has destroyed 16 illegal refineries in the last six months.
The State Commandant of the Corps, Makinde Ayinla, disclosed this on Tuesday in Benin.
Ayinla said the illegal refineries destroyed included eight in Edo South Senatorial district, six in Edo North and two in Edo Central.
He also said about 350,000 litres of illegally refined and adulterated petroleum product was seized and destroyed by the unit within the period.
He said the unit’s Counter Terrorist Unit arrested 14 suspects for phone snatching and armed robbery.
He further said the Legal Unit secured five convictions, while 23 cases were still pending in courts during the period under review.