WESTERN Marine Command, Nigeria Customs’ anti-smuggling arm on Western waters and creeks recorded unprecedented seizures of 466 bags of foreign rice and 272 cartons of poultry products within 14 days.
Outgoing Customs Area Controller, Binga had earlier warned smugglers a fortnight ago, that the man he was handing over to, Olugboyega Peters would change the narrative and surpass his records.
A peep into Comptroller Peters modus operandi shows an itinerary of a workaholic, who is not satisfied with waiting for smugglers until they show up, but would rather seek them out, once he is sure of the intelligence credibility.
It was, therefore, no surprise that, within a spate of two weeks, of Olugboyega Peter’s assuming office as Command Controller, the command had also impounded 150 wrappers of Ankara textiles, with total duty paid value of N13,032,350.
The poultry products were destroyed in the presence of journalists and representatives of other sister agencies, even as he pleaded with potential smugglers to leave illicit trading, so as to escape the inevitability of forfeiting huge investments.
Speaking to the media after the destruction of the poultry products, Peters indicated that the seizures were made at Beta Creek in Adodo, Badagry waterways; Yekeme waterways and at T-junction in Badagry.
He warned die-hard smugglers to desist from the illicit trade as the long arm of the law will continue to catch up with them, reiterating that Operation Ex-Swift otherwise known as Border Drill was still in force.
According to him, he has resolved with his officers and men not to rest on their oars until smuggling on waterways is reduced to the barest minimum.
“We want to make it clear to these economic saboteurs and their accomplices that Customs will continue to hit hard on smugglers!” he concluded.