By Ifeyinwa Obi
Barely a month after resuming duty as the Customs Area Controller of the Ogun State Command, Controller Ahmed Mohammed Jamo has announced a seizure of nineÂ prohibited items with a Duty Paid Value of N41.365,940.00. Also, all the vehicles used to convey the smuggled goods were impounded and parked at headquarters.
Conducting journalists round the seized items, Jamo said the advent of GSM in the country has made the interception of smugglers on the high ways a Herculean task for the Customs as the smugglers often send advanced teams to monitor the Customs on the checkpoints.
However, Jamo said two suspects were apprehended and currently on bail in connection with the impounded goods.A breakdown of the seized items shows that 385 Hijab headgears, 210 head ties, 44 cartons of papers, 138 bundles of menâ€™s tee-shirts, 66 dozens of childrenâ€™s wears and 444 pieces of childrenâ€™s wears including shoes, children’s socks, and blankets were seized during the operation.
Other seized items include 290 jerry cans of vegetable oil and 356 ladies’ slippers.The contraband goods were conveyed to the country in Luxury and ford buses.
The controller said: â€œIn line with the Comptroller-Generalâ€™s six-point agenda, I have started maximizing the potentials of the service through capacity building of what I have met on ground.â€
To restore moral rebirth, discipline and integrity in the service, the command has put in place disciplinary committee unit, the controller said.
On welfare for the officers and men of the command, Jamo said the command has introduced free medical care and duty allowance to be paid to officers on assignments.Meanwhile, the Ogun State Command has realised the sum of N213,729,131.33 for the month of September.