Customs at Ogun 1 Command clears the air on viral video of Idiroko border reopening

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Customs at Ogun 1 Command clears the air on viral video of Idiroko border reopening

Records zero casuality in its operations despite massive seizuresĀ 

Compt Makinde and his team showing reporters seized buses :

The Customs Area Controller (CAC) Ogun 1 Area command, Compt Bamidele Makinde fsi mni psc(+), has cleared the air on viral video of Idiroko border reopening.

Contrary to the reports in some section of the media, saying Idiroko land border has just been reopened for business, Compt Makinde debunked the claim, stating that Idiroko border was reopened in 2022, by the immediate past administration.

The Area Controller made this clarification during a press conference in Abeokuta, while showcasing activities of the Command for the months of April and May, 2023.

The CAC explained that Idiroko border alongside three others were reopened in 2022. “Since then, the border continues to remain opened for legitimate trade. So, anyone doing business along unapproved route will lose his wares, as such items will be intercepted in accordance with the law”, he warned.

Speaking further, Compt Makinde stated emphatically that despite massive seizures made on a regular basis, the Command has not recorded any casuality in its operations due to the use of intelligence.

His words : “We are doing the work as a team. We work together and bear the risk together as well”.

Giving a scorecard of the Command for the period under review, he disclosed a revenue profile of N34,174,105 (approximately N34.2million. The amount realised within just two months shows differential of N23,558,487.00 (approximately N23.6million), with significant increase of 69 percent, when compared to N10.6million generated the same period in 2022.

The CAC and his enforcement officers showing seized rice during press conferenceĀ 

That was not all. Compt Makinde and his officers through hard work and resilience made seizures worth over N335,855,989.00 (approximately N335.9million) within the same period.

Items seized include three luxury buses; 6,924 bags of rice equivalent to 11 trailer loads; used tyres, cannabis sativa; secondhand clothes and Hiace buses, among other seizures.

He said: “The Command wielded its big stick on unscrupulous traders, who engaged in illicit trade”.

Seizure of secondhand clothes
Luxury buses seized by the Command :

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