Customs Area Controller of the Ogun I Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, has warned smugglers to repent of their criminal acts as the festive seasons approach.
Compt. Dera Nnadi made the call while giving score card of the Nigerian Customs Service, Ogun 1 Area on Wednesday, 24th of November 2021, at Customs Office, Quarry Road, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Ogun Customs boss who assumed office on the 18th of October, 2021, said that he had familiarised himself with the Ogun State Traditional Rulers.
He added that it had been exactly one month and six days since his assumption of office and he appreciated the Comptroller General of Customs Col. Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the management of the service for the delivery of 10 units of brand new Toyota Hilux Vehicles, which according to him had helped them carry out their services effectively.
Compt. Nnadi however stated that they needed more in order to further improve the performance of the Customs operations.
He further described the promotion as a call to continuous service, adding that since he assumed office one month and six days ago, the Command had recorded some spectacular seizures of 7,311 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, which is equivalent of 12 trailer loads.
Compt Nnadi said that if the quantity of rice was allowed, it would affect the Federal Government rice policy negatively.
He recalled that a rice cooperative farm in Ogun State, especially at Imeko Afon, with the active support of CBN and World Bank, had just harvested 2,600 metric tons of paddy rice last week.
He added that the rice may not meet the full needs of the people but the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.
The Ogun Customs boss further warned that as most of the festivities in Nigeria is being celebrated with eating of rice, people should have it in mind that foreign rice is banned.
He reassured that his team was ready to effectively discharge anti-smuggling duties, without hindrance.
He further disclosed that other seizures in the past one month and six days included vegetable oil of 12 kegs of 25 litres which sums up to 300 litres, 20 units of used vehicle, 2 units of motorcycles, 4 bales of used clothings, 26 sacks of used shoes, 12 Sacks of Cannabis Sativa, which he said would be handed over to the right authorities in due time, used tyres – 2 bundles and 4 pieces with rims, frozen poultry products – 810 cartons, Petroleum substance – 831 kegs of 25 litres each, which would remain just 12 kegs to make a full tanker, and 4 sacks of used toys.
He said that in the apprehension of the items and offenders, some ran away and some were arrested and granted bail.
Compt Nnadi added that the seizures were made without firing a single shot because intelligence was being deployed, and continuous interactions with various stakeholders including the media and the youths, who are main manpower sources as welll as elders of the community was carried out.
Other Custom officials present included Deputy Admin P. Akpan, Gbagudu Usman – Head of Operations Abeokuta Command, PRO Oloyede, and others.