Nigeria: Ogun Customs Command Generates N2.6bn In Six Month
The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Ogun State Area Command, said it generated a total revenue of N2, 645, 741, 068.9 within six months.
It said further that N393, 520, 285.71 was generated within the period of 4th June to 3rd July, 2018.
According to a press release made available to AltAfrica.com, the command made seizures of 37 vehicles (21 second cars and 16 means of conveyance), 3000 bags of imported rice (50 kg each), 244 kegs of vegetable oil (25liters each), 208 pairs of used foot wears, 8 bales and 25 sacks of secondhand clothing, 152 cartons of frozen poultry products, 115 kegs of PMS (Petrol) of 25 litres each, 20 pieces of used handbags, 4, 220 cartons of tomatoes paste and 1 drone camera with a total duty paid value of N236, 196, 835.
The statement added that the patrol team of the service through their untiring efforts at curbing smuggling during the period under review, uncovered another mode of smuggling in foreign rice.
The customs said a truck faked to be loaded with six hundred (600) bags of indigenous rice was discovered to be carrying 501 bags of foreign parboiled rice by eagle-eyed officers.
The rice were re-bagged in branded bags of a popular indigenous rice.
The command PRO, ASC1 A.A. Maiwada, quoting Comptroller, DC Agbara Ojobo Michael, said, “within the last six months (half year) a total revenue of N2, 645, 741, 068.9 was generated and total of 276 seizures were made with the highest of seventy-two (72) seizures recorded in the month of June, 2018. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) stood as N1, 412, 785, 405.0. Items seized within the last six months include: 215 units of vehicles, 15, 976 bags of foreign rice (50 kg each), 1, 148 kegs of vegetable oil (25liters each), 24 units of motorcycle, 161 compressed book packs, 85 coconut packs and 8 sacks of cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp) among other items”.
Appreciating the Officers of the command for the work well done, DC Agbara Ojobo Michael said, “the above success story was made possible by the hard work of Officers and Men of the Command and the support of NCS Management”.
The Comptroller promised not rest on his oars “but strive to take the anti-smuggling crusade to greater height”, adding that “although it takes desirous efforts to achieve success story, it requires extra energy and strategy to sustain such achievement, thus promised to rededicate more efforts in achieving better performance in the second half of 2018 fiscal year”.
Sounding a note of warning to the smugglers, he said, “we are warning smugglers and their accomplices to turn a new live or face the full wrath of the law.
“Nigeria Customs Service would not relent in bringing to book economic saboteurs/criminals who often violently engage/confront officers at various approved duty post, to the extent of destroying Federal Government properties, inflicting injuries on officers and being a menace to the society”.
Comptroller Michael commended the effort of other agencies like, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police and DSS personnel in the anti-smuggling crusade of the government through partnership.