N13.3bn revenue: Oyo/Osun Customs achieves N7.3bn increase
.N101.4% increase in first quarter of 2019
.Intercepts exotic cars, contraband worth N105.7million
.Arrests 8 suspects
By Udeme Clement
The Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has recorded remarkable performance in revenue generation, as the Command rakes in over N13.3billion into the coffers of the Federal Government, in first quarter of 2019.
The Customs Area Comptroller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller ZA Abdullahi, disclosed this while briefing news men on activities of the Command during the period under review.
He further revealed that the Command recorded N6billion in the first quarter of 2018 fiscal year, thereby achieving huge revenue increase of 101.4% in 2019.
The N13.3billion when compared to N6billion collected in first quarter of the previous year (2018), shows a huge revenue increase of over N7.3billion from January to March 2019.
That was not all. The Command also recorded seizures of exotic cars, foreign rice, secondhand clothings, vegetable oil and other contraband, estimated at a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of over N105.7million.
As an anti-smuggling enforcement Customs formation, the Command arrested eight (8 ) suspects in connection with the seizures, even as another suspect arrested by the Command was sentenced to three years in prison, for impersonation and obtaining money from the public under false pretence.
The seized items include 3,270 bags of rice, 700 kegs of vegetable oil, used cars, 50 bags of sugar, 20 bales of secondhand clothings and 29 vehicles, among others.