Customs at Oyo/Osun Command Strikes Again
*Seizes foreign rice worth N22.3million
Report by Udeme Clement
Only one week after Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service unveiled its score card with huge revenue collection of over N4.9billion and seizures worth N393.4million, the Command has recorded huge seizure of foreign rice.
The new Customs Area Controller (CAC), of the Command, Comptroller A. R. ABDULKADIR, made this known to reporters in Ibadan
He said, “Just a week ago after my maiden press briefing on quantum seizures and achievements made during my dispensation at Oyo/Osun Area Command from November till January 31st 2021, I have invited you once again for another showdown.
“Just seven days ago, we warned that we have further enhanced our anti-smuggling strategies by taking the battle to the door steps of smugglers in an operation codenamed, “Operation Fish Out” designed to make Oyo and Osun States unbearable for smugglers and economic saboteurs, it has happened again.
“Some unscrupulous elements are daring our will and have paid the price. Showcasing to you right now is another round of seizures made last night by my gallant and resilient officers, who have transformed intelligence into reality.
“We intercepted six vehicles laden with 500 (Five Hundred) bags of foreign parboiled rice with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of ₦22.3million and another six vehicles with DPV of ₦7.1million.
“My advice to the good people of Oyo and Osun States is to invest wisely in legitimate businesses, in order to avoid loss of their hard-earned money.
“The government has set up various empowerment and career development programmes to encourage the youths . So, it would be better to key into one or more of such programmes.
“Farming, which is another source of self-sufficiency is also an epitome of self-reliance of the South-West and it is one of the cardinal programmes that the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari has invested in seriously.
“With the vast farmland around Oyo, Osun States and climate favouring conditions for crops like maize, yam, cassava, cashew, millet, cocoa, beans, plantain, variety of fruits etc., it is encouraging enough for us to invest at home rather than improving the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of other countries.
“The Service discourages bad elements in our host communities from all acts of sharp practices, as these activities have negative effect on the economy, health and daily livelihood of the citizens.
“Gentlemen of the press, I would like to show my appreciation for your commitment and steadfastness to bringing the news closer to the people”.