…As Comptroller Abdullahi arrests 10 suspects, lifts revenue to N22bn***
Customs Service increasing commitment to anti-smuggling activities has paid off, as the Oyo/ Osun Customs Command impounded various Contraband goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N100 million, between October and yesterday.
The new Customs Area Controller (CAC), Z.A Abdullahi disclosed this today, noting that the Command has actually grossed in a whooping N21,954,286,280.9K in terms overall revenue, representing over 89 percent of its targeted annual revenue, even as 10 suspects are cooling their feet on custody, in respect of seizures between October and now.
“Subsequent upon my resumption, I embarked on familiarization tour of the Command to sensitize O/C Outstations, patrol leaders and the entire officers on the need to re-strategize and re-invigorate our operations by utilizing modern anti-smuggling techniques in accordance with international best practice in order to achieve the laudable goals of anti-smuggling campaign of the Nigeria Customs Service.
“This has resulted in the modest achievement as attested to by the under listed seizures made by the Area Command between October, 2018 till date”, Comptroller Abdullahi highlighted, before exhibiting various items, including those cleverly concealed.
Providing a breakdown, the Comptroller highlighted eight Used Vehicles with Duty Paid Value put at N20,180,876.39K; some 3,010 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice with Duty Paid Value put at N50,556,678.25k; and 600 kegs of 25 litres of Vegetable Oil, with Duty Paid Value put at N13,537,125.
Similarly, according to the CAC, the Oyo/Osun officers and men also intercepted Canabis Sativa (Indian Hemp) with Duty Paid Value put at N6,999,776.59K; as well as 25 Bales of secondhand clothing with Duty Paid Value put at N6,443,671.50K; in addition to 33 Means of Conveyance with Duty Paid Value put at N16,125,291.97K.
“The above seizures were made at different locations within the Command’s area of coverage.
“Most of these contraband goods were conveyed in commercial buses and cars meant for transportation of people and goods but were converted to perpetrate this dastardly act. The law that prohibits the importation of rice and used vehicles through our Nation’s borders is not new, so those who claim ignorance of the ban have no excuse.
“Furthermore, due to the recent huge seizure of illicit drugs at the Sea Ports, it becomes necessary for us to intensify our efforts against illicit drugs trafficking through our Nation borders with a view tp checkmating the influx of illicit drugs through our territorial boundaries.
“It is also worthy of note that our revenue collection has remarkably improved this year, as the Command has collected the sum of Twenty One Billion, Nine Hundred and Fifty Four Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Six Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty Naira, Nine Kobo (#21,954,286,280.9K) from our excise factories from January, 2018 till date. This represents 89.3% of the command’s revenue target for 2018.
“It must however, be stated that the command’s achievements were made possible by the continued support and encouragement of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali Ibrahim (rtd), who has continued to motivate and support the officers through the provision of brand new patrol vehicles. And it is our pledge that we will not relent in our efforts to justify the CGC’s huge investment in the anti-smuggling campaign”, the Comptroller indicated further, stressing Federal Government’s unwavering determination to reviving the nation’s economy through our local industries and strengthening security, especially at the nation borders.
He enjoined Nigerians engaging in legitimate business not to entertain any fear, stressing that the Nigeria Customs Service is only concerned about bringing those who flout extant Customs and Excise law and regulations to book.