Customs in Oyo/Osun seizes N159million dangerous drugs
.Collects N34.6billion for FG
.Honours outstanding officers
By Udeme Clement and Kabiru
The Oyo/Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has made spectacular seizure of 1,040 wraps of dangerous drugs known as Cannabis Sativa, worth over N159million.
The Customs Area Controller, CAC, of the Command, Comptroller Abdullahi Zulkifli disclosed this yesterday during a press conference in Ibadan, added that the hard drugs were seized on September 29, 2019, following the on-going border drill exercise.
The CAC also revealed that the Command made 313 seizures with a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N518.5million from January to November 2019.
He informed, “24 suspects were also arrested in connection with these seizures.
“The Command also seized 2,540 bags of foreign rice during the partial closure of the border. Other seized items include three motorcycles; 12 tokunbo vehicles; 500 pieces of tyres, 40 bales of used clothes, 25 means of conveyance; 101 bags of Indian hemp and 15 bags of sugar. The total DPV of the seized items is N142.8million”.
Speaking further, Comptroller Zulkifli disclosed that the Command collected over N34.6 billion revenue from January to November, 2019, for the Federal Government, as against N21.9billion realised the same period in 2018. This shows increase of 59 percent in revenue collection over last year.
Financial Business News learnt that the Command has a projected annual revenue target of N30billion for 2019. Therefore, with over N34.6billion generated in 11 months, the Command surpassed its revenue target with over N4billion, even when the amount for December has not been added yet.
The CAC said, “The border drill exercise assisted in promoting national security, curbing illegal migration, encouraging local farmers and increasing revenue generation for the period under review. Some recalcitrant smugglers still devised other means of smuggling goods, especially as the yuletide approaches.
“Our officers are and will always be on the watch for these economic saboteurs at all times”.
*Customs honours officers for outstanding performance
Meanwhile, Comptroller Zulkifli honoured three officers of Oyo/Osun Command for outstanding performance in anti-smuggling operations.
The officers include AC Amusan John, the O/C – Igbeti Outstation; CSC Adewole Moses, the O/C – Operations and ASC 1, Idowu Gafar, the O/C- Anti-fly Patrol.
The CAC presented awards of Excellent Performance to the outstanding officers during the press conference.
Appreciating them during the award presentation, he said, “I must commend the efforts of the officers and men of the Command, who tirelessly work to achieve these goals.
“To this effect, the Command found it worthy to award the outstanding O/Cs who performed creditably well in the year.
“This award is to boost their morale and encourage others to do same”.