Customs at Ogun 1 Command defeats smugglers, seizes contraband worth N398.5million

The CAC showing used tyres seized through intelligence

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Customs at Ogun 1 Command defeats smugglers, seizes contraband worth N398.5million

As DC Shuaibu rakes in N30.4million revenue

…Seizures include 8 trailer loads of rice, tyres, petrol, Cannabis sativa

The CAC and his officers during the press conference

The Ogun 1 Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has demonstrated superior intelligence against smugglers sabotaging the nation’s economy at Idiroko, the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic, seized prohibited items worth N398,470,687.00 (approximately N398.5million) in Duty Paid Value.

The mind-boggling seizures displayed in the open yesterday at Customs Command, Idiroko, were made in just one month – October, 2023.

The CAC showing some of the seizures made by his team

Addressing Journalists during a press conference at the Command yesterday, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), DC AHMADU BELLO SHUAIBU, said : “These achievements underscore our unwavering commitment in contributing to economic development and national security of our dear nation, through our mandate of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling and trade facilitation in Ogun State.

“In the month of October, 2023, the Command generated N30,408,276.00 as revenue through baggage assessment and auction sales of seized petroleum products.

“In comparison with the amount of N5,487,076.00million collected in the corresponding period of year 2022, there is a significant increase of N24,921,200.00 million, which is over 400% increment.

“We are able to record these feats due to our unwavering commitment to trade facilitation and robust stakeholders’ engagement”.

DC Shuaibu, who is highly skilled and dogged in anti-smuggling operations said :  “Our resolve to remain resolute in anti-smuggling fight has enabled the Command to record a total seizure of 122 items comprising 901 parcels of Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as Marijuana; 500 foreign-used Pneumatic Tyres, more commonly known as Tokunbo tyres; 23 units of vehicles used as means of conveying prohibited goods; 5 foreign used vehicles commonly known as Tokunbo; and 4,684 bags of foreign parboiled rice in 50kg each, which is an equivalence of 8 trailers load”,

 

Seizure of second-hand clothes

The Area Controller said : ” The persistent seizure of Cannabis Sativa, Foreign used Pneumatic tyres and other dangerous goods, is a testimony of the Command’s relentless efforts and resilience in preventing our youths from harmful substances, which could either truncate or render their lives useless.

“It is also a proof of our concern in safeguarding our motorists from road mishap, which could terminate their lives or subject them to permanent disability. We are determined to make our society a safe place to live with peace of mind and an enabling environment for our businesses to thrive.”

The CAC showing massive seizure of foreign rice

He stressed :  “Our success story is attributed to the enabling working atmosphere created by the Comptroller General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR dsm fnipr psc+ and his management team.”

DC Shuaibu disclosed : “As a matter of fact, we recently took delivery of 8 Toyota Land Cruiser trucks, provided by the CGC to enhance our anti-smuggling operations. Other factors responsible for our achievements were the strategic deployment of our gallant Officers and Men, deployment of intelligence and collaborative efforts of the sister agencies, as well as other critical stakeholders”.

His words: “In a bid to improve on the existing synergy and collaboration with critical stakeholders in Ogun State, upon resumption of office, we embarked on a familiarisation tour of traditional Institutions and security agencies. We were warmly received in all the places visited and secured their reassurances of continuous support and good working relationship.

“We visited the palaces of Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, the Olota and Paramount Ruler of Aworiland and Oniko of Ikolaje Kingdom, Idiroko. We equally visited the State Commands/Unit of the Nigerian Police (NPF), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Department of Security Service, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), 35 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy School of Music (NNSM) and 192 Battalion Rear of the Nigerian Army.”

The CAC showing used tyres seized through intelligence

He pointed out ;  “The economic well-being and security of our dear nation is a serious business that should not be compromised. We reassured the public of our unwavering dedication to discharging our statutory responsibility with due diligence and utmost sense of patriotism. We operate an open-door policy to accommodate the support of patriotic Nigerians through sharing of useful information and other forms of information that may require our attention on legitimate trade or our activities generally.

“Let me use this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to stemming the tides of smuggling in Ogun State and warn recalcitrant smugglers or would be smugglers to steer clear of smuggling activities or face the consequences. Failure to heed these warnings await them gross financial loss and full wrath of the law.”

Recall that this massive seizure by Ogun 1 Command is coming few weeks after DC Shuaibu recorded large quantities of prohibited items worth millions of Naira through intelligence.

 

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