*sieizes over 3000 bags of rice, others
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Area Controller, Oyo/Osun Customs Area Command, Mr Adamu Abdulkadir on Thursday hinted that the command generated N4 billion and intercepted over 3,000 bags of foreign parboiled rice in January this year.
Mr Abdulkadir dropped this hint while addressing newsmen at the Oyo/Osun Customs area command headquarter’s in Ibadan .
He stressed that the command during the period also made seizures which included gallons of vegetable oil, bales of second hand clothing, used tyres and assorted tokunbo vehicles amongst others
According to the Area Controller, between November 2020, and January 2021, the Oyo/Osun Customs Area Command command made series of detentions and seizures amounting to a total duty paid value of about N400,000
Mr Abdulkadir said in January, the Oyo/Osun NCS Commandgenerated N4 billion to the coffers of the federal government due to the expertise, sense of observation and meticulousness of the command’s excise officers .
He however warned that those bent on sabotaging Nigeria economy to have a rethink as the Command would not hesitate ” to track, apprehend and prosecute anyone found engaging in smuggling in accordance with the laws of the land.
“While invoking sections 147 and 151 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004 with the power to search the premises for uncustom goods and power to give rewards to informants who give genuine intelligence to help improve the capabilities of the command on anti-smuggling duties .We shall further sharpen our intelligence and enforcement capabilities to fight smuggling and enforce compliance with reference to extant laws guiding our procedures and rules of engagement.” he said.
Speaking further, Mr Abdulkadir assured that the command under his management has further enhanced its anti-smuggling strategies by taking the battle to the door steps of the smugglers, rather than waiting for them to come out in an operation codenamed ‘Operation Fish Out’.
“We shall deploy all our strength and available logistics to ensure success in the battle against those who would like to dare the capability of officers of Oyo/Osun Area Command. Oyo and Osun States will be made unbearable for economic saboteurs”.
He listed some of the items seized between November 2020, and January 2021 as 3052 bags of rice with Duty Paid Value of N125million, 8×25 litres of vegetable oil with Duty Paid Value of N220,000 , 60 bales of second hand clothings (okrika) with Duty Paid Value of about N16million , 246 pieces of used tyres with Duty Paid Value of about N3million and 8 units of Toyota Camry ( 2020 Models) with Duty Paid Value of about N212 million amongst others.