The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Ogun Command Area 1 has made significant progress in its anti-smuggling operations in the State during the month of August, 2021, with a total record of Ninety Five (95) Seizures comprising 4,138 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, 830 cartons of frozen poultry products, 15 units of both foreign used vehicles and means of conveyance, 6 sacks of cannabis sativa and other illicit drugs, 6 bales and 15 sacks of used/secondhand clothings, 6 sacks and 90 pieces of used handbags, 16 sack and 34 pairs of used shoes, 592 kegs of petroleum products of 25 litres each made for smuggling outside the country, and many other items.
The Command Area Comptroller, Peter Kolo, who revealed this during his press conference in Idiroko border town today, Thursday, 2nd September, 2021 said, in the area of revenue generation, the Ogun State borders are still closed to Customs Operations and has remained closed.
“The only available source of revenue to the Command are auction of seized petroleum products and scrap metals.
“Through this, the Command is able to generate a total of One Million, nine hundred and ninety-seven thousand five hundred Naira (N 1,997,500) in the month of August, 2021 and the cumulative Duty Paid Value of all our seizures during the month amounted to Seventy Two Million, Five Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy-three Naira (N 72,589,473)”, Comptroller Kolo said.
Speaking on the allegation of arms and ammunition smuggling through the command, by a student group, Kolo said, the campaign of calumny and blackmail against them by the group or any other group and their sponsors will not dampen our morales or discourage our resolve to succeed in this battle against enemies of the State.
“We are not distracted but remain resolute and focused on our anti-smuggling Operations in the State”, he said.
Comptroller Kolo while commending the courage and gallantry of all his officers in Ogun I Command in the face of sustained intimidation and unwarranted attacks by desperate dare devil smugglers in the State urged them to continue to maintain the high level of professionalism in carrying out their statutory duties.
The Customs boss appreciated all the sister Security Agencies in the State for their synergy and collaboration with the Customs Service.
He also commended the traditional rulers, critical stakeholders supporting the cause of their operations and the media for objective reporting of customs activities in the area.