Oyo/Osun Customs Command impounds contraband worth N105m in Q1 of 2019

Written by Maritime First

…As Abdullahi Zulkiflu harvests N13.4bn revenue***

The Oyo/Osun Customs Command has recorded some bumper seizures with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N105,728,974.66k as its anti smuggling onslaught this year, becomes intensified.

Not fewer than eight suspects were equally arrested; and though subsequently granted conditional bail, they will soon be charged to court.

Area Comptroller, Mr Abdullahi Zukiflu addressing the pressmen

The Area Command also achieved a revenue collection of N13,397,441,364.71 from excise duties in the first quarter of 2019 as against N6,032,964,650.94 which it generated within the same period in 2018; showing a noteworthy increase of 101.4 percent over revenue collected within the first quarter of last year.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Abdullahi Zulkiflu indicated this in Ibadan today, while briefing newsmen, expressing great concern that in spite of Customs Service ongoing enlightenment and sensitization against smuggling, some illicit traders were still bent on the engagement, despite the severe attendant risks. 

Providing a breakdown, the CAC said “One used ash color Toyota Corolla with a DPV put at #3,003,628.was impounded .      

“Similarly, the Command also intercepted One used white color Toyota Highlander with Duty Paid Value put at N4,072,713.

Some of the Vehicles seized

“One used black color Toyota Prado with Duty Paid Value put at N12,112,448

“”One used black color Peugeot 607 with Duty Paid Value put at N1,253,056”, the Command Boss observed, adding that the command also made a bumper seizures of 3,270 bags of 50kg imported parboiled rice with Duty Paid Value of N49, 634,676.

Some of the bags of Parboiled rice

Comptroller Zulkiflu noted also a seizure of 700 units of 25litres kegs of vegetable oil with DPV of N6,828,344.44; 50 (50kg)  bags of Sugar, with DPV put at N800,977; and 20 bales of second hand clothings with Duty Paid Value put at N2,047,920.

Speaking further, the CAC who sincerely thanked his officers and men for inspired dedication and genuine commitment to their work, also highlighted that the Oyo/Osun Customs Command recorded a seizure of 29 means of Conveyance with Duty Paid Value put at N25,975,212.22k.

“The total DPV is put at N105,728,974.66k.

Some of the Kegs of Vegetable oil seized

“Most of these rice and other contrabands were conveyed and concealed in vehicles that have no economic value popularly called ‘GURA GURA’ and on motorcycles to perpetrate these nefarious acts.

“I must sincerely commend the dedication of my officers and cooperation of other units of Service and the synergy enjoyed by other sister agencies like the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Civil Defense Service Corps, Department of State Security (DSS) among others in the actualization of these achievements.

Some the bales of Second hand clothings.

“However, the officers and the men of the command will not relent in their efforts in fighting smuggling with a view to protecting our indigenous industries, reviving ailing ones and, at long run, creating wealth and jobs for our teeming unemployed youths”, the Comptroller concluded, stressing that the Command under his watch will continue to improve on its intelligence-driven strategy, in carrying out its operations so as to ensure a most effective coverage of its jurisdiction. 

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