*generates N15.2m from auction sales
By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Area 1 Customs Command, Idiroko, Ogun State, has made a large seizure of 34,500 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50 Kg each equivalent of 58 trailer loads and other contraband goods with duty paid valued of N834,765,273,00m
Disclosing this to journalists over the weekend at Idiroko Ogun West Senatorial Division, the Command Area Controller, Comptroller Peter Kolo said his Command also generated sum of ₦15,261,074.00 in the half year of 2021 from proceeds of auction sales of seized petroleum products (PMS) and scrap metals.
According to him,Several other seizures recorded in their various quantities during the same period include: 31 kegs of Vegetable oil (25litres each),
30 bags of Sugar 50kg each,51Cartons of Tomato Paste,and 1,514 wraps of Cannabis Sativa (Book Size).
Others according to him are,44 pieces of used tyres,2,224 kegs of 25 litres of PMS,1110 cartons of Frozen Poultry Products,84 Bale’s of second hand clothes,115 Pairs of used footwear,12 sacks of used hand bags ,127 pieces of body cream and 20 cartons of Medicament.
“The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun Area 1 Command in the first half of this year has recorded a spectacular seizure of 34,540 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each (an equivalent of 58 trailer loads) and other Contraband Goods with cumulative duty paid value (DPV) for all the seizures amounted to Eight Hundred and Thirty Four Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy Three Naira and Zero Kobo (₦834,765,273.00).
“I am pleased to intimate you of our monumental achievements in the area of anti-smuggling activities during the period under review in which the Command has been able to record a spectacular seizure of 34,540 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each (an equivalent of 58 trailer loads).
“You will all agree with me that if this quantity of rice is allowed into the Nigerian market, it will put the Federal Government Rice Policy into jeopardy.
“The cumulative duty paid value (DPV) for all the above seizures amounted to Eight Hundred and Thirty Four Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand, Two Hundred and Seventy Three Naira and Zero Kobo (₦834,765,273.00).
“The Command generated a total revenue of #15,261,074.00 in the half year of 2021 which are mainly proceeds of auction sales of seized petroleum products (PMS) and scrap metals. It should be noted that Federal Government of Nigeria’s directive on border closure is still subsisting, hence, there is no revenue generated from imports activities.
“I wish to reiterate that our intelligence network in the Command is still very active as we deployed intelligence in virtually all our operations which has yielded greater successes and continuously being recorded on daily basis.
“Let me once again warn criminal elements in the state that in whichever way and methods you plan your smuggling activities, we shall definitely uncover it, make arrest and inflict gross financial injury on such perpetuators.
“It suffice to say that the continuous attacks on Customs and other security operatives in the state by some criminal elements will not deter us from sustaining the onslaught on their smuggling activities. We are determined more than ever before to carry out this battle to its logical conclusion.
“May I at this point once again thank and appreciate our critical stakeholders, Members of the Press, other Security agencies and Traditional rulers for their continuous collaborative efforts and synergy with the Service while carrying out our statutory mandate in the state”Comptroller Kolo ended his briefing with the appreciations.