The Customs Area Controller of Ogun Command, Comptroller Michael Agbara said the command recorded major offensive against smugglers plying the area command with the seizure of a total of 6, 015x50 kg of contraband imported rice and 67 vehicles.
He said the command collected and generated total revenue of N1, 129, 119, 923. 89 for the month ended, November 2018, out of its monthly target of N727, 775, 499.91, and in excess N401, 344, 423. 89. According to the customs area boss, the revenue also dwarfed the collection of the corresponding period of 2017, while assuring that revenue collection dynamics will continue to be deployed to optimize the process.
Briefing newsmen at Idiroko yesterday, Agbara said other items seized includes 119 Jerry Cans of vegetable oil, 171 pairs of second hand foot wears, 15 bales of second clothing, 30 cartons of frozen poultry products, with a total Duty Paid Value of N395, 118, 058. 00. Agbara explained that the number of rice seized is about three times the quantity recorded the previous year, which was put at 21, 789 bags, from January to December 2017.
The CAC noted that in line with the Federal Government policy on agricultural development and boosting of local rice production, it has continually deployed newer strategies to remain a step ahead of smugglers, which made it possible for the seizure of a total of 44, 616 x50 bags of the commodity between January and November 2018 as against the total of 21, 789×50 bags, January to December 2017.
He said, “The above anti-smuggling success story is a blow to smugglers and also a sound warning to those who have dubious intention to exploit the avenue of yuletide period for smuggling. Our men are strategically positioned and we are telling them to relocate elsewhere or be crushed.”
In a statement signed by the command Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, said the Comptroller General of Customs has provided the command with four additional patrol vehicles to boost its operations.