By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Comptroller Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mrs Uche Ngozi on Tuesday said that the command has seized 1,400 bags of imported fertilizers illegal smuggled into Nigeria.
Mrs Ngozi made this known in Ibadan while briefing newsmen on the activities of the Command held at the headquarters of the command, Agodi .
The Comptroller also hinted that the Duty Paid Value for all the goods seized by the command from January till October this year was N636,052,507 only, which represent a 102.4% increase when compared to same period in 2019.
According to the Oyo/Osun NCS boss, Controller the bags of fertilisers were seized by men of the command along Igbeti axis of Oyo state during their patrol.
“One truck containing 600 bags of NPK 12-12-12 2MgO fertilizer was apprehended along Igbeti axis of Oyo State without necessary regulatory documents, the truck has been detained pending the provision of necessary documents from NSA office.” she said.
The Oyo/Osun NCS Comptroller maintained that another 800 bags of NPK 15-15-15 fertilizer was seized after the failure of the men of the NSA to produce the required documents within 90 days period with a Duty Paid Value of N18, 702,000
Speaking further, Mr Ngozi declared that the Area Command also siezed 265 kegs of petrol to be auctioned with the proceed remitted to the account of the federal government
She however listed other items seized by the Oyo/Osun NCS command to include 60 bales of second hands clothings DVP N11,519,550.00, 26 (25 ltr) kegs of foreign rice, 28 bags of rice concealed in 14 sacks DVP N1,213,030.00, 2270 bags of 50kg of foreign parboiled rice with DPV value N96,055,050, 26 kegs of 25ltr each of foreign parboied rice, and among others
Mrs Ngozi attributed the achievements recorded by the command during the period to the vigilance of officers of the Area Command, and that the contributions and collaboration of other unit such as Custom Intelligent Unit (CIU), Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Strike Force, Custom Police, Border Drill and other sisters agencies has also helped alot
She also lauded the cooperation and support of the traditional rulers, community leaders, stakeholders and the people of Oyo and Osun towards providing a enabling environment for the officers to function.