Olusegun Ariyo

The Ogun 1 Area customs command has said its continuous onslaughts against Anti-smuggling shall remain sustainable as it gives an estimate of  Twelve Million, Three Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Seventy-Five Naira, Zero Kobo (#12,321,075.00) in its first quarter of march 2021 as estimated revenue generated

The Comptroller, PC Kolo while addressing journalists in Abeokuta said the command activities is centred on  generation of revenue, suppression of smuggling, facilitation of trade and protection of the society

Continuing, Kolo said the command was able to generate revenue from the auction sales of petroleum products, perishable items and auction sales of scrap metals.

“The total revenue generated for the month of March 2021 amount to Eight Million, Six Hundred and Twenty Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty Naira, and Zero Kobo (#8,627,750.00)”.

“The combined revenue for the first quarter (January to March 2021) is Twelve Million, Three Hundred and Twenty-One Thousand, Seventy-Five Naira, Zero Kobo (#12,321,075.00)”.

He said a total of 167 seizures of various contraband goods were made which imported Foreign Parboiled Rice, Frozen poultry products, Petroleum products (PMS) made for exports, used (Second hand) 2 Clothing’s, Cannabis Sativa, Vehicles and Motorcycles used as means of conveyance of prohibited goods, Tomato paste, Vegetable oils, Medicaments.

“Specifically the command made a seizure of over seven thousand (7,000) bags of 50kg (Equivalent of about 12 trailer loads) of Foreign Parboiled Rice, adding that never in the history of the command has it recorded such quantum of rice seizure”.

“The efforts and gallantry officers’ serving in the command is hereby commended, adding that their feet can be attributed to good motivation from the management which accordingly had boosted the morale of officers and that which has kept them in high spirit at all times”.

He said the combined duty paid value (DPV) of all seizures made in the month of March 2021 amounted to One Hundred and Sixteen Million, Five Hundred and Eighty-Six Thousand, Six Hundred and Seven Naira, Zero Kobo (#116,586,607.00).

Truck suspected to be coming from Ilaro Border were intercepted along Denro-Olorunda-Abeokuta Road with containing bags was equally seize

We have made do our promise of prosecuting any smuggler arrested as with the recent arraignment of four suspected smugglers before federal high court Abeokuta on five count charges

Compt kolo said the command will continue to ensure anyone caught in smuggling activities and obstruction of our Officers while carrying out their lawful duties is brought to justice, adding that it will equally continue to dialogue, engage, sensitize and educate the public on Socio-Economic implication of smuggling as well as performing its statutory function of enforcing compliance in line with Federal Government fiscal policies.

We wish to reiterate that the continued attack on operatives of the NCS and other sister Agencies will not deter us from the performance of our legitimate duties.

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