Oyo/Osun Customs makes impressive performance
* Rakes in over ₦43.6bn for FG
* Records ₦619.3million seizures despite END-SARS protest
(By Udeme Clement):
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Oyo/Osun Command, Comptroller Uche Ngozi and her team have made impressive performance in revenue collection of over ₦43.6billion for the Federal Government, from February to November 19, 2020.
The Command also made seizures worth more than ₦619.3miion in Duty Paid Value (DPV).
Comptroller Ngozi, gave these details while briefing Journalists on the activities of the Command, and how officers sustained their tempo of anti-smuggling drive during END-SARS protest across the country.
Her words :
“As we all know, the recent nationwide EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums across the nation.
“That forced security operatives to concentrate on protection of their operatives and facilities.
“Hence, smugglers leveraged on this opening to carry out their nefarious activities along the borders.”
Comptroller Ngozi pointed out :
“May I take this opportunity to remind the public that acting against Government policy on border closure is tantamount to risk against National Security.
“I will also want to take this opportunity to commend officers and men of this Area Command for their steadfastness and zeal in carrying out anti-smuggling activities within our Area of Responsibility (AOR).”
She informed :
“We have further sharpened our intelligence and increased synergy with other sister agencies.
“We took the bull by the horn to nip smugglers menace in the bud with maximum intelligence gathering.
“To that effect, since the END-SARS protest, we made series of interceptions along various unapproved routes, which include 624 bags of foreign rice with Duty Paid Value of ₦27 million;
214 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol), which will be auctioned and proceeds remitted accordingly. ”
The Oyo/Osun Customs Boss went on :
“Cumulatively, from February to November 19, 2020, the Command made the following seizures: COMMODITY- TOTAL AMOUNT DPV –
Rice -11,481Bags- N360,157,575.00;
Indian Hemp -340 Block- N16,706,452.00;
Vegetable Oil- 91 Gallons,
103 Kegs- N2,484,879.00 ;
Used Tyres -1,694 Pieces- N22,292,851.00;
Second-Hand Clothing 325 Bales- N41,452,780.00; Fertilizer 800 Bags of NPK 15-15-15 : N18,702,000.00;
PMS 1,160 Drum (100 litres) 979 Kegs (25 litres) -Proceeds have been accordingly remitted after auction.
Motorcycles- 41 Units- N3,440,475.00;
Cars -39 -N53,297,161.00;
Trucks- 6 -N48,487,996.00
Pick-Up -5 – N11,813,329.00 ;
SUV – 9 – N21,911,736.00
Truck Tanker – 1 – N4,957,406.00 Bus – 7 – N13,643,695.00 .
Total DPV is N619,348,335.00.
” Within the same period, our Command collected a total duty of ₦43.6billion
with outstanding balance of ₦1,087,235,566 (One Billion, Eighty Seven Million, Two Hundred and Thirty Five Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty Six Naira), which could not hit the account in October due to some technical issues but, shall reflect in November 2020.”
“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Customs Intelligence Unit, Federal Operations Unit, Strike Force, Customs Police and Border Drill for their contributions to these feats
“I would also want to thank the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division of Nigerian Army, The Commander of Airforce, Oyo State, The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Director-General of Operation Burst, Operation Amotekun and various community leaders for their cooperation, assistance and synergy during the EndSARS protest.
“I lookforward to continued collaboration towards making our dear nation- Nigeria a better place for all”.