By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The Customs Service, Ogun 1 Command has seized 79 trailer loads of foreign parboiled rice totaling 47,601 bags of 50kg each in one year one month.
The Controller of the Command, Comptroller Peter Kolo disclosed this to newsmen at Idiroko while briefing them about the Command’s activities for the past one year.
According to him, 461 means of conveyance and foreign used, poultry products used tyres, second hand clothing, dangerous drugs (tramadol and cannabis sativa), palm oil, assorted soap and cream were also seized between January 2020 to December, 2020.
He also disclosed that in January 2021 alone 6,038 bags of parboiled rice of 50kg each, 100 bags of 25kg each Total ing 6,138 bags (Ten trailer loads) ,44 vehicles used as means of conveyance and) 7 units foreign used (Tokunbo) were also seized and under detention
Still accounting his stewardship, Controller Kolo said under the period of reviews 1,382 cartons of rozen poultry products ,22,05 litres of Petroleum products in 882 kegs ,21 bales of second hand clothing,1 sack of used shoes,
2 bags of textiles (wrapper) and 1 carton of tomato paste were among the seized items.
He gave the total number of seizures between
January – December 2020as One thousand, six hundred and eighty six (1,686) and in
January 2021as One hundred and forty-four (144) while the grand total Seizure was given as One thousand, eight hundred and thirty seizures (1,830)
Controller Kolo also gave the duty paid value of all the zeized goods from January to December, 2020 as Two Billion, two hundred and fifty nine million, five hundred and ninety four thousand, seven hundred and fifteen naira, zero kobo (#2,269,594,715.00)while he said between January, 2021 a sum of One hundred and thirteen million, eight hundred and six thousand, nine hundred and forty five naira, zero kobo. #113,806,945.00 were the duty paid value.
The grand Total for the period under review accirding to the Controller is Two billion, three hundred and eighty three million, four hundred and one thousand, six hundred and sixty Naira, zero kobo (#2,383,401,660.00)
“Note: there is a remarkable increase in the number and quantities of seizures recorded in the month of January, 2021. due to steps taken by the new Controller.
“Aggressive stakeholders engagement and management,
deployment of intelligence in all the operations across the state,structural reorganization of the Command,Improved motivation of officers by the NCS Management,Improved discipline and total dedication to duty by officers of the Command”Kolo stressed.
“However, these achievement (progress) so far, were not made on a platter of gold. On several occasions, our officers while performing their lawful duties come under sustained harassment and attacks from dare devil smugglers and their supporters/sympathizers who use pump action riffles, AK47 riffles, local charms and other dangerous weapons.
This sometimes result to casualties on either side or both. For instance on the 12th of October, 2020, one officer, AIC Solomon Alagye was killed and another officer of the Service CAI (T) Taiwo Odeyemi is still missing up till today after an attack on their patrol team on the 3rd of December, 2020 by these criminal gangs.
We wish to reiterate that the sustained attack on operatives of NCS and other sister agencies will not deter us from the continued performance of our legitimate duties in Ogun State.
“The Command will continue to dialogue, engage, sensitize and educate the public on social/economic implication of smuggling as well as performing statutory function of enforcing compliance in line with government fiscal policies”he stated.
He therefore used the event to appeal to parents and guardians residing in border communities to prevail on their children, wards and youths to desist from criminal acts such as smuggling and attack on Security agencies.