Anti-smuggling war : Compt Makinde defeats economic saboteurs at Idiroko border

From left :Compt Makinde in a chat with reporters at Idiroko, frowned at nefarious activities of smugglers

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Anti-smuggling war :
Compt Makinde defeats economic saboteurs at Idiroko border

* Intercepts 38 trailers of foreign rice

* Records N341.1million seizures

Compt Makinde addressing Journalists during press conference at Idiroko yesterday :

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Ogun 1 Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Compt Bamidele Makinde and his officers have made the Federal Government proud, following their hard work, doggedness and tenacity in protecting the nation’s economy against nefarious activities of saboteurs at Idiroko, the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic.

Their unwavering loyalty and commitment in enforcing government fiscal policies paved the way for their feat in anti-smuggling operations, with seizures worth over N341.1million made in the third quarter of 2022.

The massive seizures include 38 trailer loads of foreign rice; another three trucks loaded with 513 bags of smuggled rice, intercepted along Obada axis and Ibese/Itori road, Yewa North area of Ogun State; 1550 used tyres and 180 bales of used clothes uncovered in a warehouse along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Others were 227 seizures, comprising 16 units of vehicles used as means of conveyance: two units of used vehicles (Tokumbo); 2,706 jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS (67,650 Litres); eight units of motorcycle;
80 jerrycans of vegetable oil (25 liters each); 201bales/76 sacks of secondhand clothes; 79 sack of used shoes; 20 wraps of Cannabis Sativa (Book sizes); 89 bales of textile materials; 17 cartons of imported tomato paste and five cartons of imported spaghetti; among others.

From left : Compt Makinde in a chat with reporters at Idiroko, frowned at nefarious activities of smugglers

Unveiling the seized items during press conference at Idiroko yesterday, Compt Makinde said his Command recorded this achievement through effective use of intelligence.

His words :  “Recalcitrant smugglers should note that the Command through shrewd and intense anti-smuggling activities, driven by effective deployment of intelligence, is all out for them.

“If I may paraphrase the proverb of late Chinua Achebe, since men have learnt to shoot without missing their mark, eneke the bird will also learn to fly without perching on a twig.”

The gallant CAC went on :  “Let me use this opportunity to commend a section of the business community that has been complying with Government fiscal policies. We assure them of our continuous support by way of trade facilitation. As for die-hard smugglers, we warn them to desist from illicit trade, as the full weight of the law will be brought against arrested perpetuators.”


Prohibited items seized by the Command

Within the same period under review, the Command made impressive performance in revenue generation, with over N38.5million raked into the federation account for government.

Compt Makinde informed that the revenue was realised from import duties and auction sales of petroleum products following directives of the top Customs management.

On the area of stakeholders’ engagement, the CAC pointed out :
“The Command, through instrumentality of social corporate responsibility, including sporting activities sensitised the public on socio-economic implications of smuggling, even as it performed its statutory functions of enforcing compliance in tandem with government fiscal policies.

“I appeal to parents and guardians to help us in this regards, by prevailing on their wards to desist from smuggling activities and confrontation, or attack on security agencies.

“It is important to note that activities embarked upon by the Command are driven by patriotism for economic development and security of the nation. Nigeria Customs Service operatives, mindful of the rules of engagement, will continue to carry out their legitimate duties as prescribed by law.

” It is also worthy of note that these achievements we continually record wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC and his management team, as well as diligence and gallantry of our officers and men at their various duty posts.

“Their tremendous contributions are always highly appreciated. We also appreciate the immense contributions of the press towards anti-smuggling campaign and other activities coordinated by NCS, aimed at boosting socio-economic development and security of our nation.

“We hope to continue partnering with you to achieve laudable national objectives within the purview of the service’s mandate”.

Massive seizure of foreign rice

OBSERVATION  :  Thus, it has been observed that despite the volatile nature of their operational terrain within the border communities, Compt Makinde and his team have defeated smugglers in all ramifications using intelligence. Their records of anti-smuggling achievements have been most spectacular over the past months.

Seized vehicles used for conveyance


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