The Oyo/Osun Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated N50.98 billion between January and October 2021.
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Adamu Abdulkadir, made this known in Ibadan on Friday, while displaying 5,046 bags of foreign rice and other contraband seized by the command.
Abdulkadir said that the revenue generated in the period under review signified 14.4 per cent increase, when compared to the revenue generated in the same period of 2020, which totalled N43.63 billion.
The comptroller said that the seizures made during the same period had a cumulative Duty Paid Value of N617.05 million.
“Today, as part of the aforementioned, displayed before you are the array of seizures, which include 5,046 of 50kg. bags of foreign parboiled rice and 22 bales of second-hand clothing.
“Others are one unit of 2017 Honda Accord car; and one unit of 2020 Toyota Prado Jeep.
“Also seized are 500 units of 25-litre container of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), which shall be auctioned due to its inflammable nature and proceeds remitted accordingly,” he said.
Abdulkadir said that the officers of the command would not relent in their efforts at combating the menace of smuggling in the area.
The controller noted that the service would further sharpen its intelligence and widen its dragnet to ensure all nooks and crannies of the command were well covered.
Abdulkadir said that the Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali had been magnanimous enough to provide 10 new fully-kitted Toyota Hilux vehicles for the command to enhance its operations.
He said that the comptroller-general had also boosted the morale of officers with the provision of other necessary facilities and equipment that could enhance their service delivery.
“All these have further re-awakened the vigour and strategies in our anti-smuggling drive, as exemplified in the seizure of 500 bags of foreign parboiled rice made in a residential building in Osun State in the early hours of Thursday.
“To this effort, we owe him (comptroller-general), his erudite management team and the nation at large our commitment and focus in fighting the menace of smuggling that has bedevilled our country,” he said.
Abdulkadir, however, warned the people of Oyo and Osun States not to attack officers performing their lawful duty, as there were extant sanctions prescribed against such offenders under the law.
The controller also warned on those blocking roads and other access points to prevent customs officers from accessing smuggling areas, to refrain from such act, as the practice was also punishable under the law.
He added that Section 158 of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) gave customs officers the power to freely patrol any area across the nation.
He, however, lauded the citizens that contributed to the successes recorded by the command.