Comptroller Kolo battles die-hard smugglers

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  • Seizes 38 trailers of rice worth over N307.8million
  • Arraigns 4 suspects

(Report by Udeme Clement).

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), of Ogun-1 Command, Comptroller Peter Kolo, and his enforcement team are giving die-hard smugglers operating in Ogun State a tough time through their anti-smuggling onslaught.

The Command through superior Intelligence made spectacular seizure of 19,000 bags of smuggled rice (equivalent to 38 trailers), from January to March 2021. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the rice is N307,891,696.00 (approximately N307.9million).

Most outstanding is the seizure of 7,000 bags of foreign rice (equivalent to 12 trailers), made in the month of March 2021 alone. In the same March, the Command recorded 167 seizures of various contraband items, which includes frozen poultry products, smuggled petrol, Cannabis Sativa, vehicles, secondhand clothes, vegetable oil, tomato paste, among others. The DPV for seizures made in March alone stands at over N116,586,607.00 (approximately N116.6million).

Addressing reporters in Abeokuta, Comptroller Kolo said; “Never in the history of this Command have we recorded this quantum of rice seizure.
I commend the efforts of gallantry officers serving in the Command for these feats.”

Speaking further, Comptroller Kolo, attributed the feats recorded by his team to good motivation from CGC Hameed Ali.
“Motivation from the CGC and his management team boosted the morale of officers and kept them in high Spirit at all times”, he said.

That was not all. During the period under review,
the CAC arraigned four suspected smugglers before the Federal High Court in Abeokuta, even as he emphasised that economic saboteurs must be punished according to the law.

Some officers, who spoke at the sidelines of press briefing described Comptroller Kolo, as a Lawyer, who believes criminal elements deserve severe sanctions, in order to serve as deterrent to others. Their words: “You Journalists are seeing Comptroller Kolo with Customs uniform. He is a fearless officer.
Aside from being experienced Customs officer, he is also a competent Lawyer”.

OBSERVATION At THE SCENE :
Our Correspondent observed that seized items covered the entire premises of Customs in Abeokuta. It was like rain of seizures everywhere, as items were seen from entrance of the main gate up to the car park and even the office area.

The ingenuity and doggedness of officers were also brought to bear, as the CAC showed two long trucks meant for crates of soft drinks, used in concealing smuggled rice. The Eagle-Eye of Ogun -1 officers spotted the trucks along Denro-Olorunda- Abeokuta road and swiftly intercepted them.

Below are pictures of massive seizures taken during the briefing in Abeokuta.

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