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July 10, 2024

Ogun: Customs intercepts contrabands worth N770m, generates N92m in three months

Ogun: Customs intercepts contrabands worth N770m, generates N92m in three months

By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

The Ogun I Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), said it intercepted different contraband goods, valued at N770,666,237 between April and June, this year.

This was disclosed by the command’s Area Comptroller, James Ojo, at a press briefing held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

Giving a breakdown of the contrabands, Ojo said these include 219 sacks and 1,725 parcels of cannabis sativa, 940 rounds of live ammunition, 44,466 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 2,227 pieces of pneumatic foreign-used tyres, and 64 bales and 222 sacks of used clothes.

Others are 2,947 cartons of frozen poultry products, 7,015 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 21 units of vehicles, 3 units of motorcycles, and 115 pairs of used shoes.

The seizures, according to him, represent the command’s unrelenting battle against smuggling and its resolve to safeguard the integrity of the borders, the local economy, and public health and safety.

He added that the command following its strategic operations generated a revenue of N92,369,227.00 for the second quarter of the year.

This represents about a 52.46% increase compared to the N53,983,622.00 recorded in the corresponding period of 2023.

“ I am delighted to announce that through our concerted efforts and strategic operations, the Ogun I Area Command has generated an impressive revenue of N92,369,227.00 for the second quarter of 2024. Interestingly, this revenue represents about a 52.46% increase compared to the N53,983,622.00 recorded in the corresponding period of 2023.

“ In addition, the command surpassed the monthly revenue target of N34,122,666.90 in June 2024 by 77.86%.

“Our enforcement activities have led to significant interceptions of prohibited goods, we successfully intercepted 219 sacks and 1,725 parcels of cannabis sativa, 940 rounds of live ammunition, 44,466 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 2,227 pieces of pneumatic foreign-used tyres, and 64 bales and 222 sacks of used clothes.

“ Other interceptions include 2,947 cartons of frozen poultry products, 7,015 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 21 units of vehicles, 3 units of motorcycles, and 115 pairs of used shoes with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N770,666,237.00.

Ojo, however, lamented that the interceptions also underscore the importance of continuous vigilance, collaboration, and the need for a united front in the fight against smuggling and other economic crimes.

Ojo noted that “the interception of the prohibited items is a clear indication of the effectiveness of our intelligence-driven approach and the robust strategies we have put in place. This aligns with the Comptroller General’s emphasis on innovation, as we continue to employ advanced techniques and technologies to stay ahead of smugglers and other economic saboteurs.

“These interceptions also underscore the importance of continuous vigilance, collaboration, and the need for a united front in the fight against smuggling and other economic crimes. As we reflect on these achievements, it is essential to recognize that our success would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of our traditional rulers and security agencies in Ogun State. Your unwavering support, valuable insights, and collaborative efforts have been instrumental in our operations. It is in this spirit of collaboration that I embarked on a courtesy visit to our revered traditional rulers and security agencies”.

He added, “the purpose of the visits was to foster synergy and collaboration in combating smuggling and enhancing economic growth and national security. By working together, sharing intelligence, and leveraging our collective strengths, we can create a more secure and prosperous environment for our people. The support of our traditional rulers is invaluable, as they are the custodians of our cultural heritage and play a critical role in maintaining peace and order in our communities”.