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Customs Generates N2.6bn Revenue In Six Months In Ogun



The Nigeria Custom Service, Ogun State Command has revealed that a revenue of N2.6bn have been generated by the command between January and June 2018.

Michael Agbara, the command Controller, on Wednesday, made this known at its Idiroko border office.

He told newsmen that its operatives also seized 215 units of smuggled vehicles popularly known as ‘Tokunbo’being ferried through illegal routes into the country, indicating that the command’s anti- smuggling strategy was quite effective.

“In the last six months, other seizures according to Agbara include a total of 15,976 bags of foreign rice 50Kg each, 1,148 kegs of vegetable oil, 24 motorcycles, 161 compressed packs of Indian hemp among others”.

The Controller said the command has seized 37 smuggled vehicles and 3,000 bags of foreign rice among others and has generated N393.5m in the month under review.

He disclosed that concerning the rice seizure, a particular truck intercepted around Mowe-Ibafo axis conveyed 600 bags packaged in branded bags of a local producer of rice, in order to beat the Customs’ operatives.

He said, “Ninety-nine out of these 600 bags were the local brand of the rice producer while 501 bags were smuggled foreign parboiled rice re-bagged in the bags of the local producer.

“They did this just to beat our operatives but our operatives were vigilant and were able to detect this.” he said,

Other items seized include one drone camera, 244 kegs of vegetable oil, 208 pairs of used shoes, 4,220 cartons of tomato paste, and 115 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit(petrol) among others.

“Interestingly, we seized a drone at our parcel post when people think they can use it. If you want to buy drone and you bought it make sure you get an end user certificate, in this case there is nothing like that. Since a month ago, we gave the person that bought it a chance to bring the end user certificate, but since he’s yet to come I dont have any other choice than to seize it, that is the directive from the government.

“Equally, I want to inform you that all these efforts are achieved through hardworking of my officers who are on patrol day and night”, Agbara said.

Agbara warned smugglers to stop their illegal venture, adding that the command would continue “to go after them whether in the creeks, bush or on the road. ”

He, however, said three suspects had been apprehended concerning some of the seizures.

Joshua Oyenigbehin is an introvert who is passionate about Storytelling, writing and teaching. He sees his imagination as an unsearchable world, more magical than a fairyland. He has written a novel and working on another.