By Godfrey Bivbere
OGUN State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has impounded a luxury bus loaded with imported textile materials, a lorry loaded with wood being taken out of the country and several other vehicles, even has it collected over N9billion in three months as revenue.
Disclosing this in Abeokuta, the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Emmanuel Dede Kane, said the three seizures were made this month. Kane explained that the commandâ€™s revenue grew from N464,998,939.99 when he took over in March to N919,603,145.18 in June. He said by April the revenue grew to N619,448,034.58, N794,748,544.50 in May and N919,603,145.18 in June.
According to the statement made available to Vanguard, the number of seizures made by the command increased from three in March to 12 in April, two and 17 in May and June respectively.
In July, the Command impounded a total of 10 items, of which nine were vehicles. The value for the seized items according to the statement was N53,526,500.00.
He put the value of the three seizures in March at N461.300.00, while the value of the 12 in April, two in May and 17 in June he gave as N5,120,100.00, N1,000,000.00 and N30,856,150.00 respectively.
The statement also said the Command collected a total of N96,488,003.00 as Import duty from March to June this year while it raked in N2,788,600.00 and N480,044,840.44 during the same period under review as fees/auction and excise duty.