…Rakes in N16.2 Bn in 2017***
The Oyo/ Osun Customs Command, a largely anti-smuggling outfit, in 2017 recorded a whooping N16.2bn, even as the Customs Area Controller, David E. Chikan turned the December season into a Black Christmas for smugglers. Four suspects were also arrested.
“The Command generated a sum total of N16,182,206,265.7k,as against the N13, 543, 802, 589. 3k generated within the same period in 2016, posting an increase of 19.48% in the revenue collection over 2016”, the CAC indicated, noting that the Command actually did well in the area of revenue collection, though it only comes, purely from excise factories and few imports.
Commending his officers and men, Comptroller Chikan stated that the command made a total of 111 seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N210,188,134.24, and provided a breakdown which showed thousands of bags smuggled per-boiled rice, used tyres, bales of used clothes etc.
Taking an incisive look at the weeks preceding the Christmas, Chikan gave a breakdown which accounted for one used DAF 85 Truck, which carried 500 bags of the 50kg smuggled foreign rice; a used DAF Truck carrying 300 bags of 50kg smuggled foreign rice; another used DAF Leyland, carrying 500 bags of (50kg) smuggled foreign rice; just as a futile attempt by another daring smuggler yielded the Service, cool 200 bags of (50kg) smuggled foreign rice.
The Command similarly intercepted a used Madza Bus carrying 20 bags of (50kg) smuggled foreign rice; one used Ford Bus carrying 50 bags of (50kg) smuggled foreign rice; a used DAF Truck carrying 500 bags of (50kg) smuggled foreign rice, and another used DAF Truck carrying 300 bags of (50) smuggled foreign rice; bringing the total rice haul to a total of 2,320 bags.
Besides rice, the Command also intercepted a used MACK Trailer with 1000 pieces of used Tyres and bales of used clothes; one used Ford Bus with 30 bales of used clothing, and one used Toyota Corolla, one used Audi 80 which totaled into DPV of put at N53,116,021.29k. The duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized vehicles is put at N11,066,983.48k
The total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of all the seized items was however put at N64,183,004.77.
“Consequently, I must commend the efforts of the officers and command who worked tirelessly to achieve all these”, he posited, adding that in addition to the officers’ relentless efforts, the Command also benefitted from the formidable intelligence gathering, as well as collaboration with other Units such as the Headquarters Compliance Teams, Federal Operations Unit and the Customs Intelligence Unit.
“At this juncture, I call on the media not to relent in helping us to educate and inform members of the public about the ills of smuggling and the need to desist from such practice, as we will not fail to make anyone caught, to face the full wrath of the law. However all genuine importers and exporters within the command will have the support of the service in facilitating their businesses. For the avoidance of doubt, the ban on the importation of rice and used cars (Tokunbo) through the nation’s land borders is still in force”, the CAC stated further.