Economic sabotage: Oyo Customs nabs 4 suspects …Records N64m seizures …Says his Command is battle-ready for smugglers

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Economic sabotage: Oyo Customs nabs 4 suspects

.Records N64m seizures

.Says his Command is battle-ready for smugglers

By Udeme Clement

Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,  said the Command is battle-ready for smugglers, as officers seized vehicles with Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N11million, prohibited items with DPV of N53.1million, making a cumulative of N64.1million in less than two months.

The Command swiftly arrested four suspects in connection with the seizures, stressing that the suspects must be charged to court, to serve as a deterrent to other economic saboteurs in the region.

 

The CAC with other officers during the press briefing in Ibadan:

The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of Oyo/Osun, Comptroller Elisha David Chikan, made this disclosure yesterday, in Ibadan, while displaying the seizures recorded by the Command between November and early December, 2017.

 

A truck loaded with items seized by the Command:

Some of the items displayed in the open include 30 bales of  used clothes, tokunbo Toyota Corolla, tokunbo Audi-80, Daf truck loaded with 300 bags of smuggled rice, Ford bus with 50 bags of foreign rice, another Daf truck with 500 bags of rice, another Ford bus with 30 bales of used clothes and Mazda bus with 20 bags of rice. Others include 200 bags of rice, Daf Leyland vehicle with 500 bags of rice, Mack trailer with 1,000 used tyres, along with  75 bales of used clothes, Daf tuck with 300 bags of smuggled rice and Daf truck conveying 500 bags of rice among others.

A truck fully loaded with smuggled rice:

Speaking further, the CAC pointed out, “We are showcasing again the result of intensified intelligence driven anti-smuggling efforts of the Command. I am stating very clearly here that the Service has zero tolerance for smuggling because of its negative consequences on the nation’s economy and security”.

“As such, we will do everything within our capability to fight smuggling to a standstill. The NCS of today has no reason not to perform because the Comptroller General of Customs, CGC, Hameed Ali has provided the Service with operational tools and training to carry out its duties effectively”.

 

The PRO of Oyo/Osun Command, Abdullahi Lagos, at the briefing:

“Most of these goods were conveyed in trucks and other types of vehicles meant for doing legitimate businesses as well as conveyance of commuters, but now being used to perpetuate these evil acts.”

“However, due to the relentless efforts, formidable intelligence gathering and collaboration with other Units, such as Headquarters Compliance Team, Federal Operations Unit and Customs intelligence Unit, we were able to make these arrests. We also recognise the effort of CGC Ali Hameed, in providing us with necessary logistics to carry out our duties effectively”.

In a chat with reporters, at the sideline of the press conference, the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of Oyo/Osun Command, Abdullahi Lagos, explained that the CAC has been mapping out new strategies to curb nefarious activities of smugglers in all ramifications, even as he sees inter-agency collaboration as effective measure to enhance greater performance.

 

Some of the seized items:
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