NSCDC ARRESTS TWO FISHERMEN FOR ALLEGED ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE FUEL
Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) operatives at Badagry have arrested two fishermen for allegedly trying to smuggle 120 jerry-cans of petrol to Benin Republic.
The suspects Jebleh Taiwo,20, and Jebleh Abiodun,30, were arrested at Gberefu Beach, a fishing settlement in Badagry over the weekend.
They were said to have loaded the products into a wooden boat which was also impounded by the operatives and its outboard engine seized.
NSCDC Lagos Commandant Fasiu Adeyinka, while parading the suspects at the weekend, said that criminals along riverine communities were devising new ways after the closure of the land border including the use of fishing boats.
Adeyinka said smugglers who were short of supply after government’s directive to stop the sale of petrol to filling stations along border communities, resorted to buying from areas of supply and shipping them to fishing settlements for onward movement to the French country.
Based on this discovery, the Commandant said operatives were detailed to be on lookout for smugglers and using thistactics and surveillance paid off within days of intensive monitoring.
“On the spot search of the boat revealed that the suspectscarried 120 Jerry cans of 25 litres each, filled with petrol that was carefully concealed under fishing nets”.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed they were contracted to ferry the products to the Seme border by one Chief, from where the products will be moved into Benin Republic, he said.
The suspects also said that the owner of the product bought the fuel from a petrol station in the area, adding that they claimed to have borrowed the boat from a neighbor at Ajido beach.
The Commandant urged Badagry residents to warn their people against smuggling because it was negatively affecting the economy.
According to him, the suspects said the Chief agreed to pay them N500 per keg smuggled out, adding that they would have made N60,000 if they succeeded with ferrying the 120 jerry-cans.