Customs seize goods worth N231m in Ogun

Customs seize goods worth N231m in Ogun

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun 1 Area Command, said it seized goods worth N231,218 million in the state between January and February.

The regional controller, Bamidele Makinde, made the revelation during a press conference in Abeokuta on Tuesday.

Makinde said that during the period under review, the command recorded a total of 115 seizures.

He said the seizures included 6,743 50kg bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice, the equivalent of 11 truckloads.

The regional comptroller listed other items including 19,806 liters of Premium Motor Spirit, 18 units of used vehicles used to transport contraband goods, 64 bags and 824 book envelopes.

Others are 10 large and 19 small pieces of artifacts, a motorcycle used to transport prohibited items, and 73 bales of second-hand clothing.

The command also seized 14 bags of shoes used overseas, 900 pieces of tires used overseas and 520 boxes of frozen poultry products.

Makinde said the order also generated the sum of N28,445,757 million through import duties and auctions of scrap vehicles and petroleum products.

He said the breakthroughs had become possible as a result of the command’s relentless anti-smuggling campaigns.

“Our officers continued to demonstrate resilience and commitment to service delivery. This is the reason for the improved crisis profile that we have recorded,” he said.

The customs official said the revenue activities of the command include import and export of legitimate goods under the ECOWAS trade liberalization scheme and valuation of goods on luggage.

He said the command was committed to facilitating legitimate trade and improving relations with the business community in the state.

Makinde urged the business community to avoid illicit trading and activities that could harm the economy and the reputation of the state.

He praised the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, for vigorously implementing the service’s anti-smuggling campaign.

He said the anti-smuggling campaign has had a positive effect on the performance and achievements of customs commands, units and other formations across the country.

Makinde commended the service’s critical stakeholders such as traditional chiefs, community leaders and other security agencies for their support and collaboration.

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