Customs in Ogun intercepts 4,684 bags of foreign rice, 901 parcels of marijuna, others worth ₦398.4m ...Generates ₦30.4m as revenue in October 

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Customs in Ogun intercepts 4,684 bags of foreign rice, 901 parcels of marijuna, others worth ₦398.4m ...Generates ₦30.4m as revenue in October 

By Adetokunbo FAKEYE 

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Ogun Area 1 Command in its resolve to remain resolute in anti-smuggling fight within 1st to 31st of October, 2023, recorded a total seizure of 122 items worth Duty Paid Value, DPV, amount to ₦398,470,687.00. 

The Command, as revealed by its Controller, DC Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu, in his activities briefing to journalists, also generated the total sum of ₦30,408,276.00 as revenue, through baggage assessment and auction sales of seized petroleum products. 

DC Shuaibu, who said, his command resolve is to remain resolute in anti-smuggling fight, stated that, the 122 items seized by his men comprising 901 parcels of Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as Marijuana or Indian hemp; 500 pieces of foreign-used Pneumatic Tyres, more commonly known as Tokunbo tyres; 23 units of vehicles used as means of conveying prohibited goods and 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, among others.  

In comparison with the amount of ₦5,487,076.00 collected as revenue in the corresponding period of year 2022, by the command, there is a significant increase of N24,921,200.00, which is over 400% increment. "We are able to achieve these feat due to our unwavering commitment to trade facilitation and robust stakeholders’ engagement", DC Shuaibu said.

Speaking on seized marijuana, and used tyres, DC Shuaibu 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 teeming youth 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 making our society a safe place to live with peace of mind and an enabling environment for our businesses to thrive".

On the success being recorded, he said, "Our success story is attributed to the enabling working atmosphere created by the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR dsm fnipr psc+ and his management team. 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 was the strategic deployment of our gallant Officers and Men, deployment of intelligence and collaborative efforts of the sister agencies, and other critical stakeholders.

On community relations, he said, "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 familiarization 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.  

In conclusion, DC Shuaibu said, "the economic well-being and security of our dear nation is a serious business that should not be compromised. We reassured the general 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".

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