…Makes Seizures Worth Over N113 Million
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Efforts of Nigeria Customs Service to add value to the economy and strengthen security have yielded results as Oyo/Osun Area Command of the agency has so far generated N21,954,286,250.9k from the excise factories from January,2018 till date.
Briefing journalists in Ibadan, the Area Controller of the Command, Mr Abdullahi Argungun said the revenue collection of the command: “has improved as it has collected a sum of N21,954,286,250.9k from the excise factories from January, 2018 till date. This represents 89.3 per cent of command’s revenue target for 2018”.
The Customs boss also revealed that the command made seizures which amount to a total Duty Paid Value of N113,843,419.07k from October till date.
Breaking down the seizures and their Duty Paid Values, Argungun disclosed that eight used vehicles with Duty Paid Value of #20,180,876.39k; 3,010 50kg of foreign parboiled rice with Duty Paid Value of #50,556,678.25k; 600 kegs of 25 litre vegetable oil with Duty Paid Value of #13,537,125; Indian Hemp of Duty Paid Value of #6,999,776.59k ; 25 bales of secondhand clothing with Duty Paid Value of #6, 443,671.50k and 33 means of conveyance with Duty Paid Value of #16,125,291.97k were made.
The Customs chief said the seizures were made at different locations,saying they were conveyed in commercial buses and cars meant for transportation of people and goods but were converted to perpetrate the dastardly act.
“The law that prohibits the importation of rice and used vehicles through the nation’s borders is not new,so those claim ignorance of the ban have no excuse”, he said.
He stressed that the achievements were made possible by the continued support of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali Ibrahim (rtd), who has continued to motivate and support the officers through the provision of brand new patrol vehicles.
The security chief pledged that the command would not relent in its efforts to justify the huge investment in the anti-smuggling campaign.