Oyo Customs intercepts 600 bags of fertilizer, tokunbo cars
.Arrests 5 suspects
By Udeme Clement
The Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has intercepted 600 bags of fertilizer, six tokunbo vehicles, 375 bags of rice, 217 bales of secondhand clothes, 60 gallons of vegetable oil, two trucks and 43 sacks of used shoes smuggled into its operational domain illegally.
The Command also arrested five suspects in connection with the seizures. One among the suspects was arrested for using fake Customs documents to deceive people, promising them job and auction materials.
The new Customs Area Controller ,CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Odibu Christopher said this yesterday while conducting press men round the huge seizures recorded by the Command within a short period.
Comptroller Odibu who assumed office on January 17, 2018 as the new CAC of Oyo/Osun, explained that the Duty Paid Value ,DPV, for the 600 bags of fertilizer is N8.7million, the DPV of the six tokunbo vehicles is N22.9million, DPV of the rice is N6.1million, DPV for the 217 bales of secondhand clothes is N26.2million, DPV for 60 gallons of vegetable oil is N1million, DPV for two trucks is N7.3million and DPV for 43 sacks of used shoes is N5.2million, making a total DPV of N77.7million.
He added, “Looking back at the revenue generated in 2017, the Command realised a total of N17.6billion, which represents 85.3percent of the target given to the Command. Meanwhile, the Command made a total of 115 seizures with DPV of N215.5million last year. This year, we are working harder to surpass the previous year revenue generation.”
He went on, “I must commend the dedication of my officers and cooperation of other Units such as headquarters Compliance Team, Federal Operations Unit and the Customs Intelligence Unit in the actualisation of these achievements, as the Command is poised at building on the successes recorded in the past years. We will continue to draw from our robust intelligence gathering strategy on border security to secure our environment for legitimate business transactions. The Command under my watch will continue to deal decisively with economic saboteurs and work for the security and wellbeing of Nigerians.”
He pointed out, “Smuggling poses a high threat to both the economy and the security of the country. Therefore, we must continue to curb the menace to the barest minimum”.
Also speaking, the DC, Revenue, Abiola Adewuyi disclosed that the revenue target for the Command in 2018 is N24.2billion, which is higher than the target given to them the previous year.
According to him, “In revenue generation, Oyo/Osun Command has variables in its collection structure, which is based on quantity of goods produced in the economy and the quantity consumed by the people within the period under review. However, the Command is working tirelessly to enhance efficiency in all aspects of its operations.”
In her remarks, the DC in charge of administration, DC Shotobi M. B. (Mrs.) stressed that the Command is working as a team to achieve its objectives and will continue to carry out its duties effectively.
In his closing remarks, the DC in charge of enforcement, Bayero T. M. said that the Command will continue its enforcement duties without relenting and must continue to tackle smuggling in all ramifications. “We are warning smugglers to desist from illegal business, as the Command will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute economic saboteurs”, he warned.