By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The Customs Area Controller for the Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr. Temitope Ogunkua on Tuesday said the command generated eleven billion, One hundred and forty-seven million, two hundred and thirty-eight thousand, four hundred and ninety naira, thirty-two kobo (N11,147,238,490.32) between January and September this year.
Mr Ogunkua stated this in Ibadan at a media briefing on the achievements recorded by the command in the past few months.
The Customs Area Controller stressed further that the command made one hundred and eighty-eight assorted seizures with a duty paid value of N368,637,788.03) within the same period.
According to the Area Controller, the Oyo/Osun NCS command is determined to block all revenue leakages in order to collect maximum duty accurate to the Federal Government.
“In the face of the challenging economic situation in the nation, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has stepped up its operation by blocking all revenue leakages in order to collect maximum duty accurate to the Federal Government”, he said.
Mr Ogunkua stressed that the Oyo/Osun NCS will continue to deal decisively with the economic saboteurs and work for the security well being of the nation, saying,”this has led to the arrest of various assorted, luxury vehicles smuggled into the country through unapproved border routes”.
He lamented that despite the various campaigns against smuggling, some elements are still smuggling various assorted items into the country, adding,”it is disheartening to note that despite the arrest and seizure of about ten thousand bags of rice between the months of January to September 2016, the smugglers have continued their nefarious activities daring the Federal Government ban on the importation of the rice through the border areas.
On the recent seizure by the command, Mr Ogunkua said the command recently seized, one fairly used Honda Crosstour, one fairly used lexus Rx 300 and Rx 450, one fairly used Honda CRV, one fairly used Mazda 626, one used Volkwagon bus, fairly used Mitsubishi outlander, one fairly used Toyota carina E, one fairly used Toyota prius, one fairly used Toyota Avalon, two fairly used Toyota Previa, five fairly used Toyota buses with Rice, and one fairly used Toyota picnic loaded with Rice.
He said the above items were seized at different locations within the command coverage.