Joint border team intercepts items worth N176.30m in February
By Raji Rasak
The Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT) Sector 2 South-West, Lagos, has intercepted 6,819 items with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N176.30 million in February 2023.
Mr Nurudeen Hassan, the Controller, JBPT, Zone 2, disclosed this during a media briefing at Sème border post on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the JBPT comprised officers of Nigeria Police, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs, and the DSS, coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
He said: “it will interest you to know that in spite of the very impressive scorecard shared with you last week in Abeokuta, the activities of the JBP operations between Feb.1 and Feb.28, has further translated into several interventions and seizures of various smuggled goods.
“Some of the seizures within the period under review had been deposited in various government warehouses within the Area of Responsibilities (AOR).
“They include 2.096 plastic kegs of 30 litres of petrol, 3,604 bags of 5Okg foreign parboiled rice with 20 means of conveyances.
“Other seized items include 497 parcels of Cannabis Sativa valued at about N27,335.000 only.
“This has since been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” he said.
Hassan said the border team had made overwhelming seizures of petroleum products since 2019 till date.
He listed the items as 1,485,000 litres of petrol, one tanker truck loaded with diesel and one tanker truck loaded with kerosene.
“Others are 32,076 kegs of 30 litres of petrol each, 1,757 drums of 200 litres of petrol and 280,050 litres of petrol evacuated from various filling stations involved in anti – bunkering activities,” he said.
Hassan said that all the seizures had been auctioned to members of the public at a cumulative amount of N600,175,814:12.
He, however, commended the officials of the team for their selfless sacrifices and resounding gallantry.
According to him, the invaluable influence of symbiotic relationship between the security agencies to the success of these operations cannot be underestimated.
Hassan commended the Federal Government for the foresight in creating the JBT operations.
He thanked the management of the Nigeria Customs Service led by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Alli, for the logistical support and encouragement. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma