September 14, 2022

Customs intercepts 2 tankers laden with 80,055 litres of bad diesel

By Godfrey Bivbere

Operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS have intercepted two tankers laden with poorly refined 80,055 liters of Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, popularly known as diesel, in Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State .

Acting Controller of the Unit, Hussein Ejibunu who handed over the petroleum product to officials of Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Agency, NMDPRA, said the drivers of the trucks escaped upon sighting Customs officers on patrol.

The Customs boss said after study of the documents being used to convey the product and analyses of samples of the product, it was discovered that the papers were forged and the diesel were of poor standard.

He said Customs then wrote to NMDPRA to verify the status of the products and authenticity of documents found in the vehicles which were both confirmed to be fake

Giving a breakdown of the seizures and particulars of means of conveyance, the Acting Controller said one of the tanker with registration number DBT 599 XA was laden with 44,450 liters while the other one with registration number USL 561 ZC had 35,605 liters of the AGO

Ejibunu warned that FOU Zone A area of responsibility will always be a no go area for smugglers, duty evaders and perpetrators of other illegal activities.

He advised Nigeians to be patriotic and shun any form of commercial activity that runs foul of the law

Patrick Musa, an official of the NMDPRA while receiving the seizures explained that the products were found to be off specification and fell below approved standards for use in Nigeria.

He added that the product could not have been lifted from any approved depots within the country.

Musa commended the Nigeria Customs Service for the seizure which he described as the good beginning of a productive synergy between NMDPRA and the NCS.