By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Ogun State Command has arrested a notorious smuggler, Victor Hassan popularly called ‘Victor Owode’ for allegedly smuggling an authorised rice into the country.
Victor, was arrested while illegally transporting loads of rice into the country along Owode-Idiroko border road.
According to the Customs Comptroller in the state, Michael Agbara, the accused was arraigned at a federal high court in Lagos and presently remanded at Ikoyi Prison pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions.
Agbara equally told journalists that, a federal high court sitting in Abeokuta has convicted another three persons for vandalizing official patrol vehicle attached to Team ‘H’ roving and Anti-smuggling patrol team at Ashipa forest of the state.
The Customs boss added that, the headquarters of the Nigerian Customs Service has divided the Ogun state command into two area commands, namely Ogun Area Command 1 and II.
He explained further that, the unbundled and creation of new Area commands was to enhance administrative efficiency and boosting revenue generation for the service.
According to him, the Ogun Area command I would have an area of coverage relating to regulation and enforcement of all import, export and anti-smuggling related activities in Ogun state with headquarter rs at Idiroko, while Ogun Area Command II will be saddled with the responsibilities of enforcing and regulating all Excise and parcel post related activities in the state with headquarters in Abeokuta.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Customs command has surpassed the targeted Six hundred and forty-three million, four hundred and seventy-one thousand and seven hundred and sixty-three naira and ninety-nine kobo (N643, 471,763.99) for the month of July, 2019 by generating One billion, two hundred and eighty-one million, thirty-four thousand and forty-two naira (N1, 281,034,042.80).
The command noted that, in the area of anti-smuggling in the period under review, it has made 102 seizures comprising of 7, 848 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 23 units of vehicles, 32 kegs of vegetable oil and 201 pairs of used tyres among others.