BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — TWENTY-FOUR hours to Christmas, Customsmen from Oyo/Osun Area Command have seized poultry products worth over N103 million.
The banned items, according to the Area Controller, Mr. Richard Oteri, were being smuggled into the country through Orile-Ilugun in Oyo State when his men intercepted the truck.
The products were, however, taken to the outskirts of Ibadan where acid was poured on them and buried.
Speaking during the destruction of the contraband, Oteri said his men would intensify efforts to check the smugglers. He hinted on the achievements of his command, saying they had generated about N13,850, 539, 942.
He added that part of the money was realised from excise duties.
He said: “In the campaign against anti smuggling activities, we have done remarkably well. We have made 252 seizures so far. 7,789 bags of rice amounting to N 82m and used tyres numbering 586 were seized.
Warning smugglers to desist from the illegal acts, he said some of the challenges facing the command was the attitude of people to smuggling, noting that people see smuggling as a legal business and the command was trying to change this erroneous impression.
The command, he noted was well-equipped to check the modern day terrorism, adding that the command had wonderful synergy with other sister security agencies.