Ogun 1 Customs Command rattles smugglers, records N335.9million seizures 

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Ogun 1 Customs Command rattles smugglers, records N335.9million seizures 

Seizures include 11 trailer loads of rice, PMS, Cannabis Sativa; luxury buses, others

Compt Makinde addressing Journalists during the press conference

The Ogun 1 Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has defeated smugglers sabotaging the nation’s economy at Idiroko border, with massive seizures worth over N335.9million, made between April and May 2023.

The Customs office in Abeokuta was a beehive of activities today, as the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the Command, Compt Bamidele Makinde mni, Psc+, unveiled the mind-boggling seizures before Journalists.

Luxury buses seized by the Customs :

Addressing Journalists while displaying the seizures during press conference, he informed;

“The Command wielded a big stick on unscrupulous traders, who engaged in illicit trade during the period under review and was able to record spectacular seizures.

“For example, our vigilant officers made a seizure of three foreign used luxury buses smuggled into the country through Ohumbe border on 1 May 15, 2023. Two Toyota Hiace buses of 2022 model, with chassis number JTHN9CPOP6018610 and JTGHN9CP7P6019835, were also intercepted by our eagle-eyed officers, on a bush path between Sawojo and Imasayi communities, on Monday, 29, May, 2023.

“Other seizures recorded are 6,924 bags of smuggled rice of 50kg each, equivalent to 11 trailer loads; PMS; Used Tyres; Cannabis Sativa; and other prohibited items.

The total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seizures is N335,855,989.00 million”.

Government warehouse filled with seizures

Going further, Compt Makinde pointed out; “The seizures were made with strategic deployment of intelligence across the State.”

Seizure of secondhand clothes

On inter-agency collaboration, he said; “Let me use this forum to thank our sister security agencies for their maximum co-operation. We have been able to achieve a great deal with their co-operation and team work.

Our mandates in the State include revenue generation, suppression of smuggling and trade facilitation.”

Also, the Command made remarkable performance in revenue collection, with N34,174,105.00 (approximately N34.2million revenue generated within the same period under review.

The revenue collection shows differential of N23,558,487.00 (approximately N23.6million), with a significant increase of about 69 percent, when compared to

N10.6million generated in the corresponding period of last year, 2022.

His words; “We hope to achieve more, all other things being equal. During the period under review, the Command, through the DC Revenue, engaged compliant traders and deliberated on how their business activities could be further enhanced through our trade facilitation mechanism. At the end of consultations, recommendations were made. All the suggestions shall be implemented. Hopefully, this will lead to increase in export trade, which in turn will contribute to increase in our revenue and national GDP.”

Rice seized with means of conveyance

He enthused ; “My sincere appreciation goes to the CGC for creating enabling environment for our achievements. May I also use this medium to express my sincere gratitude to the following: our gallant officers and men, for their diligence and gallantry; traditional rulers/community leaders and the youths, for their continuous support; and distinguished gentlemen of the press, for their understanding, constructive criticism and suggestions, which immensely contributed to our achievements.”

Compt Makinde and his team showing reporters seized items

Observation during the press conference;

Our correspondent observed that the government warehouse was filled to the brim with seizures of rice, secondhand clothes and other prohibited items, even as some vehicles were fully loaded with seized rice, as shown on the pictures.

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