OGUN, Nigeria – The Anti-smuggling Team of the Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has arrested one Samson Odebija who was in possession of fake currency notes worth N2.5 million at its Ihunbo check point, along Sango-Idiroko road, Ogun State.
The command said this in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada on Wednesday.
“While being interrogated, the suspect disclosed that he was commissioned by one Alfa to help him transport the fake currency notes to Owode from Idiroko with a promise to reward him with N5,000, but met his waterloo,” Maiwada said.
The NCS also said it had discovered a hideout of petrol smugglers along Idiroko border.
According to Maiwada, the Command Anti-Bunkering Team ‘A’, while on information patrol, discovered the smuggling hideout at Iko-Gateway, along Idiroko road, leading to the seizure of 160 jerry cans (25 litres each) of petrol.
“The daredevil smugglers device a crook method by hiding the tanker and then used other vehicles as shield from public view.
“They further nefariously constructed a pipe with an outlet sited in a cassava farm. The fuel is then siphoned into a tank and then into jerry cans with an intention to export the said items in batches outside the country,” he said.
It was gathered that the Anti-smuggling Crack Team also intercepted 40 drums of industrial alcohol known as ethanol.
The item, as said, was strictly stamped by NAFDAC for industrial use.
However, the NCS said investigation revealed that some unscrupulous elements engaged in the distribution of the product to Idiroko populace, who ignorantly dilute the item with water and take same as alcoholic drink.
This, Maiwada noted, is evidently harmful to the health of the people.