Customs Service and NNPC Collaborate to Combat Fuel Smuggling

Customs Service and NNPC Collaborate to Combat Fuel Smuggling

In a bid to combat the smuggling of petroleum products, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen their partnership. Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, and NNPC's Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, met to discuss strategies to tackle fuel smuggling, which they described as a significant national burden on the Nigerian economy.

The Customs Service has launched 'Operation Whirlwind' to intensify efforts to combat fuel smuggling, with significant seizures and arrests made across the country.

 The operation has recorded tremendous victories, including the interception of 79,000 liters of fuel in Kebbi state.

Adeniyi praised the collaboration with NNPC, stating that fighting fuel smuggling requires a collective effort. He appealed for data sharing and support from NNPC to enhance the Customs Service's capacity to tackle the crime.

Kyari commended the Customs Service for their efforts, noting that fuel smuggling has reduced drastically due to 'Operation Whirlwind.' He assured the Customs Service of NNPC's support in combating fuel smuggling.

Both parties agreed to continue working together to minimize fuel smuggling and economic sabotage, recognizing the importance of collaboration in securing Nigeria's borders and economy.

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