…seizes 3,311 bags of rice, vegetable oil, others
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo/Osun states Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has declared that it generated N15.89 billion between February and April 2021.
It said that the money generated was remitted into both federation and non-federation accounts.
The Command also seized several contraband items, such as rice, vegetable oil, imported dry fish, Premium Motor Spirit among others with a total duty paid value of N134.47million within the period.
The Customs Area Controller, Adamu Ramat Abdulkadri while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan, gave a breakdown of the seized items to include; 3,311 bags of 50kg parboiled rice with a Duty Paid Value (DTP) of N88.31million, 487 (20ltr) kegs of Premium Motor Spirit, worth N2.91million and 221 cartons and 9 sacks of dry fish, worth N20.42 million and N10.97 million respectively within the period.
According to him, other items seized are ;9 sacks of canabis sativa with a DTP of N1.44million, six bales of used shoes (N288,294.00), 138 (10 ltr) and 572 (2.5 ltr) gallons of vegetable oil worth N1.9 million and N2.36 million, 21 bales of second-hand cloths with a DTP of N4.9 million and one unit of DAF truck worth N11.8 million.
Abdulkadri hinted that the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Ibrahim Hamed Ali (Rtd) has reiterated that the Oyo /Osun states borders remain closed to inward and outward trade, just as he has directed more stringent measures to strengthen the interception capabilities of Customs officers
He said men of the command have carried out its anti-smuggling duties with the utmost professionalism, caution and intelligence gathering
Abdulkadri assured that those blocking or attacking officers of the command from effecting arrests and seizures would be fished out and prosecuted in accordance with the law.
He acknowledged the cooperation of traditional rulers, community leaders, and residents of Oyo and Osun states, particularly the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde for providing enabling environment for officers of the Command to function effectively.