Ogun Customs boss, Michael Agbara

Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State Command of Nigeria Customs Service has announced that, it has lost two its officers in the fight against smuggling in the state, while it has also recorded landmark achievement in seizure of 29, 905 smuggled bags of rice.

The Ogun State Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Michael Agbara made this known to journalists on Tuesday while reeling the scorecard of the command for the first half of 2019 fiscal year.

Comptroller Agbara noted that, the seized 29, 905 bags of rice was among the numerous successes recorded as compared to 15,976 bags of rice seized during the corresponding period of year 2018.

The customs boss attributed the command’s success to the strategic enforcement measures put in place in line with the federal government policy targeted at boosting Agricultural development within the country.

He added that, his command also surpassed the targeted N3, 860,583.90 for the first six months of the year by generating N6, 735, 215,877.45.

He further added that, between January and June, 2019, the command made a total seizures of 549 items with total duty paid value of N1, 235,923,760.

“The seizure of over 29, 905 bags of rice in the first half year of 2019 is indeed a landmark among numerous successes recorded as compared to 15, 976 bags of rice seized during the corresponding period of the year 2018.

“The aforementioned was achieved due to strategic enforcement measures put in place in line with the Federal Government Policy targeted at boosting Agricultural Development within the country.

“Also, within the period of 1st to 30th June, 2019, the Command generated total revenue of N1, 196, 146, 835.60. While in the area of anti-smuggling the command made a total of 83 seizures with the DPV of N310, 555, 588.00.

“However, the above activities were entangled with series of clashes between Officers of the Command and some daredevil smugglers/accomplices leading to loss of lives and properties. The Command will continue to dialogue, engage, sensitize and educate the public on social, security, health and economic implication of smuggling, while on the other hand, the statutory functions of enforcing compliance with strict adherence to the law will be rigorously sustained.”

Comptroller Agbara therefore, commended other sister agencies, opinion leaders, traditional rulers, and other stakeholders on the esteem cooperation and support rendered to the command in implementing Federal Government Policies.

Meanwhile, some of the items seized include: 30 units of vehicles, 5,763 bags of foreign rice (50 kg each), 258 kegs of vegetable oil (25liters each), 10 units of motorcycles, 7, 572 pairs of new, used and rubber foot wears, 3 bales of secondhand clothing, 28 Pcs of used handbags, 392 cartons of frozen poultry products.

Others are; 200 kegs of PMS (Petrol) of 25 litres each, 3 sacks of Cannabis Sativa, 40 x 142, 60 x 200 & 40 x 41 android cartons of Itel Phone, 1 set of Television.

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