As a result of its intensified efforts to stem thetide of smuggling of rice and other contrabanditems through the land borders, the Ogun command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted over 16 thousand bags of 50kg rice.
The command also stated that it collected over N5 billion between January and October, 2017even as it added that it seized other contraband items with over N1.2 billion Duty Paid Value within the same period.
The Controller of the command, Comptroller Sani Madugu gave the figures recently when the Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) of customs in charge of Western Zone, Aminu Dahiru visited the command
The ACG visited the command as part of his tour of all the commands under his jurisdiction after resuming as the coordinator of the zone.
Madugu stated that 737 items were seized with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N1.2 billion within the period under review
He however quipped that 75% of the revenue collected came from excise factories.
In a statement made available to our correspondent, he said, “In an effort by officers and men of Ogun command, to stem the tide of smuggling through approved and unapproved routes in Ogun state, more especially implementing the federal government policy on ban if rice and second hand vehicles through the and borders to the barest minimum, the result indicates that the anti smuggling activities has yielded a positive result with more than sixteen thousand bags of 50kg rice stored n Abeokuta and Idiroko warehouses.”
He added that some of the seized items have been handed over to IDP camp in Yobe as reliefmaterials in line with commands vision in ensuring the facilitation of condemnation of seized goods in competent court of law.
He said the following items were taken to the IDP on 10th November, 2017, 11, 990 bags of 50kg rice, 1123 Jerry cans of 25 litres of vegetable oil and 29 Jerry cans of palm oil.
According to him, 3,108 bags of 50kg rice, 29 units of vehicles, 35 wraps of coconut size and 21 wraps of books size indian hemp with N87, 160, 224.00 were intercepted October, 2017 as against 1,206 bags of 50kg rice, 24 units of vehicles, 11 packs of indian hemp and 10 coconut packs at N87,160 DPV intercepted in September, 2017.