Rain of seizures in Ogun 1 Command, as Customs rattles smugglers, seizes N241.9m items
… DC Shuaibu, the game changer, anti-smuggling guru cum master strategist
What our News Team saw at the premises of Nigeria Customs Service, Abeokuta, Ogun State today was exactly like a rain of seizures falling all over the place.
Massive seizures were seen from the main gate giving access to the Command, seizures occupied the entire back-area of the office building, seizures loaded in many vehicles, seizures everywhere.
The Command became the hive of activities in that early hours of the day, as Journalists from Abeokuta and Lagos turned out to witness massive seizures made in just two weeks. What can be described as unprecedented anti-smuggling drive in recent times.
The Brain behind the intelligence, doggedness and tenacity of these mind-boggling seizures, witnessed in Ogun Command today, is the new Customs Area Controller (CAC), DC Ahmadu Shuaibu. Some described him a anti-smuggling guru, while others call him a Master strategist.
Indeed, DC Shuaibu is anti-smuggling guru cum master strategist, the game changer. An officer who swiftly changed the tactics of anti-smuggling operations in Ogun Command. He rattled economic saboteurs and seized prohibited items worth over N241.9million in Duty Paid Value (DPV), in just two weeks.
The Comptroller General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, who unveiled the mind-blowing seizures before reporters, showered encomiums on DC Shuaibu and his enforcement officers, describing them as being remarkable in their performance, committed and highly resilient.
His words: “Our presence here underscores our unwavering commitment to safeguarding our beloved nation from potential road accidents and harmful substances, as we continue to intercept these perilous goods.
“We gather here today to address a pressing concern – the importation of foreign-used Pneumatic Tyres, more commonly known as Tokunbo tyres. These are ring-shaped protective coverings made of rubber and filled with compressed air, typically used in foreign countries. Regrettably, they are deemed unsuitable for our highways. A significant number of these tyres have exceeded their recommended lifespan from their manufacturing date.
“According to safety experts, good-quality pneumatic tyres are safe for use for only four years from the date of manufacturing. Any usage beyond this duration poses a significant risk to motorists and jeopardizes their lives.”
He went on : “In a previous press conference held on August 7, 2023, we drew attention to the grave issue of Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as marijuana or Indian hemp. This psychoactive drug is derived from the cannabis plant and has seen a concerning rise in abuse within Nigerian society, especially among our youths. We highlighted the ingenious tactics employed by those engaged in this nefarious trade, including smuggling through land borders, utilizing creeks and even resorting to smuggling via air routes.
“We reaffirmed the Service’s commitment to protecting society from the entry of harmful substances and ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerians.”
“From September 18 to September 30, 2023, the officers of the Ogun 1 Area Command seized 1,436 used Pneumatic tyres, 53 sacks and 569 parcels of Cannabis Sativa, weighing a total of 1,179 kilograms. Additionally, they apprehended 3,149 bags of foreign parboiled rice, each weighing 50 kilograms, alongside 32 vehicles used for conveyance, among other items. These seizures’ Duty Paid Value (DPV) amounts to an impressive N241,977,943.00million.
“These seizures were executed at various locations, including Papa/Ajegunle, Ilaro road, Imasayi/Joga road, Ijebu Ode axis, and Odogbolu bush path along Ijebu Ode road in Ogun State”.
The Customs Boss pointed out :
“It is essential to highlight that these seizures are a testament to our renewed determination and strategic deployment of both human and material resources. Our commitment to protecting Nigerians from the audacious actions of daredevil smugglers remains unwavering.
“We reaffirm our dedication to our duty and pledge to ensure all Nigerians’ safety and well-being. We are resolute in our mission to curb illicit trade, safeguard our roads from dangerous tyres and protect our youth from the devastating effects of illicit drugs. Your support and understanding are invaluable as we work together to build a safer and stronger Nigeria.”