The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has raised a total sum of N2,645,741,068.09 (Two billion, six hundred and forty five million, seven hundred and forty one thousand, and sity eight naira, nine kobo, between June and July, 2018.
The Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Agbara Ojo Michael in Ogun State, said that between June 4 and July 3, 2018 the revenue collected was N393, 520, 285.71.00, respectively.
Comptroller Michael, while giving the Commands scorecard said the Anti-Smuggling team of the Command made an unprecedented seizures which include; 37 vehicles (21 Tokunbos and 16 means of conveyance), 3000 bags of foreign parvoiled rice of 50 kg each, 244 kegs of vegetable oil of 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 tomatoe pastes as well as 1 drone camera with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N236,196,835.00
He said that within the period under review, some tactical methods used and unscrupulous mode of smuggling was uncovered by the patrol team when a truck laden with six hundred (600) bags of rice in which 501 bags were discovered to be foreign parboiled rice, investigation carried out revealed that the foreign rice was re-bagged in branded bags of a popular indigenous rice producer in Nigeria.
Details of the half year report shows that, a total number of 276 seizures were recorded, the statement also highlights that the Command in June made 72 seizures estimated to be the highest with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,412,785,405.0. Others included in the seizures are; 215 units of vehicles, 15,976 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50 kg each, 1,148 kegs of vegetable oil of 25 liters each, 24 units of motorcycle, 161 compressed book packs, 85 coconut packs and 8 sacks of cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp) among other items.
Comptroller Michael, however commended the intensified efforts of his officers and men without compromising their duties, who are on the trail of smugglers in the forests 24/7 to make the country proud through its Anti-Smuggling war, as well as other sister agencies, such as the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Navy and others for partnering with the Service.
He also lauded the fatherly support of the Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali Management team which had helped in Logistics and Motivational Skills acquisition, striving for greater heights.
He said that, ” Though it takes desirous efforts to achieve success story and requires extra energy and strategy to sustain such achievement, assuring that, he promised to rededicate more efforts in achieving better performances in the second half of 2018 fiscal year.
The Controller warned smugglers and their accomplices to turn a new leaf or face the full strength of the law, maintaining that, Nigeria Customs Service will not relent in hunting down illegal perpetrators/criminals who violently often engaged Customs officers who use illegality to make livelihood while inflicting serious damages to the nation Economy.