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Ogun 1 Customs Area Command Generates N1.4 Billion In Six Month, Made Seizures

ByHybrid News

Jul 12, 2023


The Ogun 1 Customs Area Command has generated the sum of N93,301,130.00 from import duties, auction sales of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), and scrap vehicles seized from smugglers between January and June 2023.

This was disclosed by the Command’s Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde during a press briefing at Idiroko, Ogun State yesterday.

Makinde noted that a comparative analysis of the Command’s performance during the period under review and the corresponding period of 2022, indicates a significant increase in revenue collection.

He further said, “the revenue generated from January to June last year was N29,940,146.50, compared to this year’s revenue of N93,301,130.00 which is about 310% increase.”

In curbing smuggling, the command during the period under review made a total seizure of 392 items which comprises 5,048 pieces of used tyres; 390 bales of used clothing; 61 Units of vehicles, including 5 luxury buses; 173,975 litres of PMS (an equivalent of 5 tanker loads); 107 sacks and1,595 wraps of cannabis sativa; 167 cartons of 100x100ml and 27 cartons of 200x100ml codeine syrup; and 22,526 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each (which is an equivalent of 37 trailer loads), among others.

“We remain resolute in our fight against smuggling of rice and other prohibited items in order to encourage local production in line with the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) policy on local rice production.

“The cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized goods is N1,313,628,488,” he said.

The Controller who hailed operatives of the command for their resilient effort in tackling smugglers, said, “While waging war against die-hard smugglers, we urged them to embrace legitimate trade and steer clear of smuggling and other nefarious activities that are inimical to the economic development of our dear nation. We encouraged compliant traders by operating an open door policy and creating an enabling environment for trade to thrive.

“As part of our Stakeholders’ engagement, we maintained a robust synergy with our sister security agencies and cordial community relations with our host communities. Recall that I mentioned in our press briefing of 6th April, 2023, that the Command, under the auspices of the Customs Officers’ Wives Association (COWA), laid the foundation of 4 units of classrooms for the Customs primary and nursery schools. I am pleased to inform you that the class rooms are at the roofing stage and will soon be completed. Recall also that I mentioned in our press briefing of 15 March 2023, that the Command collaborated with Integration Art Palace and Tour in collaboration to organize a 3-day Art for Economic Development programme tagged “Nigeria Customs Service Enabling a Secure Border Trade”.

In another development, Adamu Idris, the Superintendent of Customs and a dedicated patrol leader, has been recognized for his outstanding performance. Today, on the 11th of July 2023, at the parade ground of Ogun 1 Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service in Idiroko, Ogun State, he was honored with the prestigious Award of Excellence by the Crime Reporter Association of Nigeria (CRAN).

Adamu Idris has been actively involved in various roles within the Ogun 1 Area of the Nigeria Customs Service. Notably, he has served as the Patrol Leader of the Customs Area Controller (CAC) Special Taskforce Team A and also as the Coordinator of Roving A Team. Presently, he holds the position of Coordinator of Roving B Team within the Command.

Over the years, he has distinguished himself as the overall best-performing patrol leader in Ogun 1 Area Command. The sterling performances of his team under his quality leadership have continued to earn him accolades and several awards of excellence from the office of the CAC.

During the monthly officers parade held at the Customs House, Idiroko today, 11th July, 2023, the CAC, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde fsi mni psc(+) presented an award of excellence to Roving B team of the Command led by SC Adamu Idris, in recognition of the spectacular seizures made in the month of June, 2023. These seizures include:
3,610 pieces of used tyres; 194 cartons of codeine syrup; 532 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each and a dangote truck used for conveyance; 140 bales of used clothing; and 1,520 pairs of used shoes.

The team alongside other patrol teams such as the Roving A team led by SC SI Eze and the CAC Special Taskforce Team A led by ASC 1 AS Gimba, also received letters of commendation from the CAC for their outstanding performances and immense contribution to the anti-smuggling achievements of the Command in the first half of the year (2023).

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