The Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has generated about N15.89 trillion revenue and seized goods with a total duty paid value of N134.48bn between February and April.
NCS Area Comptroller, Mr Adamu Abdulkadir, made the disclosure on Thursday in Ibadan while briefing newsmen on the achievements of the command in three months.
According to him, the Command seized 3,311 bags of foreign rice of 50kg each and 221 cartons of dry fish within the period.
Other seizures made by the command include 138 gallons (10 litres each) of vegetable oil, 572 gallons (2.5 litres each) of vegetable oil and 21 bales of second-hand clothing.
Others are 487 kegs of 25 litres each of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), six bales of used shoes, nine sacks of Cannabis Sativa and one unit of used DAF truck.
Abdulkadir said that the total Duty Paid Value of all the seized items stood at N134, 477,316.
He further said that the command also generated a total of N15, 890,489,479 within the period under review.
He said that the command had carried out its enforcement and anti-smuggling activities with the utmost professionalism, caution and intelligence gathering.
“Another proficient team has been set up, codenamed the ‘Excise Task Force’ to manage the Excise Factories extensively and widen the dragnet to infuse factories that have qualified to be enlisted under the Customs and Excise Control.
“These developments have further improved the performance and achievements of the command on revenue and enforcement procedures.
“We urge the public to cooperate with the Nigeria Customs Service in the implementation of government fiscal policies to help improve the economic and social welfare of the nation,” he said.
Abdulkadir said that officers of the command endangered their lives for the progress of the country.
He added that three of his men were shot and wounded in an encounter with smugglers along the Igbowo area of Oyo state.
The Comptroller called on the media to be careful about what they report and to stop destroying people’s image in the course of making money or breaking news.
“The Oyo and Osun states borders remain closed to any form of inward and outward trade.
“It has been a difficult time for the nation, but in the midst of this, there are some unscrupulous elements who are still trying to derail the efforts of the service in meeting up to its target.
“We have been dealing with them decisively,” he said.
He commended the collaborative efforts of the Customs Intelligence Unit, Border Drill, Strike Force, Federal Operation Units and other sister agencies in carrying out anti-smuggling activities.
Abdulkadir also appreciated traditional rulers, community leaders and the people of Osun and Oyo states in providing an enabling environment for the officers to function properly.
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” This video depicts a half-clad individual recording himself while claiming to have arrested trucks carrying premium motor spirit across the border as an officer of Nigeria Customs Service.
“The facts are as follows; the person in the video is indeed an officer of Nigeria Customs Service, and he is currently attached to the Federal Operations Unit Zone D in Adamawa.
” It is important to note that 55 kilometers separate this location from the nearest border.
“Between the place where this incident occurred and the border, there are fully operational petrol stations.
” As vehicles in transit, they are considered still to be well within city limits and therefore can neither be accused of nor arrested for transporting goods across the border.
“All our officers are compelled by a strict dress code to not only be in uniform while on duty, but to adorn their name tags for easy identification by members of the public.
” Indeed, his actions led to his immediate withdrawal by the Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘D’, who instructed his detention pending medical evaluation.
“The NCS seriously frowns at any action that is inimical to the economic well-being of our nation.
“The levels of checks and counter-checks created as part of the NCS strategic enforcement initiative have made it extremely difficult for breaches to occur.
“Nigeria Customs Service wants to assure members of the public of the commitment of its officers and men to securing our borders.
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