The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Area 1 Command of Ogun State, has announced the seizure of 58 trailer-loads of smuggled parboiled rice with duty paid value (DPV) of N834.7 million in the last six months.
Meanwhile, the Western Marine Command (WMC) of the NCS made a total of 30 seizures with a DPV of N747 million between January and June 2021.
The Ogun 1 Command Area Controller, Peter Kolo, while parading the seizures, revealed that the command has made among others, a seizure of 34, 540 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, an equivalent of 58 trailers.
Other seized items, according to Kolo, include vegetable oil, 31 kegs of 25 litres each, 1, 514 wraps of cannabis sativa and 2,224 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and others.x
He revealed that the command also generated total revenue of N15 million within the period under evaluation, which mainly proceeds from auction sales of seized petroleum product PMS and metals.
He said: “It should be noted that the Federal Government of Nigeria’s directive on border closure is still subsisting, hence there is no revenue generated from imports activities.’’
Kolo also noted that the intelligence network in the command is still very active and it is being deployed in virtually all its operations, which have been yielding greater success.
Some other seizures recorded are 24 units of motorcycles (means of conveyance), 84 bales of used clothing and 12 sacks of used handbags. Other seizures recorded in their various quantities are sugar, 30 bags of 50kg each, tomato paste, 51cartons and 410 used vehicles.
Ag. Customs Area Controller, Enonche Ochiba, said the seizures were made as a result of the strategies put in place in terms of 24-hour patrol, capacity building, surveillance, intelligence gathering and determination of Custom operatives in making the waterways unbearable for smugglers.
He appreciates the CGC and his management team for the motivation and support given to the Command leading to the seamless execution of its statutory responsibilities.