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The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun 1, Area Command has made a seizure of Seven thousand,three hundred and eleven, 7311 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice equalled to 12 trailers load.
The Area Command Controller, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, who disclosed this at a Press Conference in Abeokuta Ogun State capital , said ” If this quantity of bags of rice had escaped into the Nigeria’s markets, it will definitely have negative effects on the federal government rice policy”
Nnadi further disclosed that several other seizures like 12 kegs of 25 litres vegetable oil, 20 used vehicles tagged as means of conveyance, 2 used motorcycles, 4 bales of used clothing and 25 sacks of used shoes were made within 36 days he became the controller of the Ogun Area 1 command.
Other seizure made according to him, include, 124 sacks of Cannabis sativa (book size) and 165 wraps of (coconut size) weighing 637kg.
Nnadi also revealed that his Command made a seizure of 2 bundles and 4 pieces of used tyres with rims, 831 kegs of 25 litres of PMS totalling 20,775 litres,810 cartoons of Frozen poultry products and 4 sacks of used baby toys.
He said, “The cumulative duty paid value (DPV) for all the seizures amounted to One Hundred and Seventy -Two Million,Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand, Three, Hundred and Eighty-Seven Naira ₦172,999,387.00“.
On revenue generation, CC Nnadi said, his Command generated 2,437,050.00 during the period under review, which he said are mainly proceeds of auction sales of seized petroleum products (PMS) and scrap metals.
“We are deploying massive intelligence and are also deploying rules of engagement in all our operations. This has yielded greater successes being recorded on daily basis without casualties.
“We have extended our stakeholders engagement to include continuous interactions with critical stakeholders in the Command. To this end, we have been engaging the youths who form the bulk of the human capacity asset in Ogun State particularly at the border areas.
“We have also been engaging the elders of the communities who in all honesty have a good knowledge and understanding of the challenges of enforcing government policy in the border especially as the border remained closed.
“We have been engaging with royal fathers of the state and has appealed to them to warn their subjects to desist from smuggling and and attacks on Customs personnel. Let me use this medium to thank them for accepting to continuously help in this direction.We are also reaching out to the state governor who is the chief security officer of the state in this direction and the future looks mutually very rewarding for Nigeria Customs Service and the state”, Comptroller Nnadi said.
The anti-smuggling czar warned smugglers in the state to henceforth desist from smuggling and embrace genuine ways of doing business.
“We shall definitely uncover every illegal act of theirs, make arrest and inflict gross financial injury on such ventures and their perpetuators” Nnadi said emphatically.
Nnadi also disclosed that for an effective anti-smuggling operations, the Command has just taken delivery of 10 units of brand new Toyota Hilux vehicles. “We thank the Comptroller General of Customs and the Management for their kind consideration in providing these vehicles to the Command”, he said.