By G9ija

The Nigerian Navy on Thursday said 12.3 million metric tons of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, were imported into the country from January to July, 2022.

The Nigerian Navy also said that 202.9 million metric tons of fuel were imported into the country from 2015 to 2022.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Anwal Gambo, said this at the resumed hearing of the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee investigating the volume fuel consumed daily in Nigeria.

Gambo, who was represented by Admiral Olusola Oluwagbire, said also that 202.9 million metric tonnes of fuel was imported into the country from January 2015 to date.

He said: “From our records, the amount of PMS imported from 2015 to July 2022, that is the total quantity of PMS imported from all sources: NNPC, PPMC, OMTC, into Nigeria, amounts to 202.9 million metric tons.

“And for the first seven months of 2022 so far, from our records, 12.3 million metric tons of PMS have been imported.”

Gambo said that the Navy arrested 174 vessels for various offences from January 2017 to July 2022.

He said that there were no litigations arising from confiscation of Petrol Motor Spirit.

According to him, seizures are handed over to either the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, depending on the nature of the seizures.

Earlier, the Nigerian Customs Service had asked for more time to collate necessary information the committee needed from it.