Customs seize smuggled rice, petrol in Ogun
The Nigeria Customs Service in Ogun State impounded some smuggled goods including 11 trailers of smuggled rice, 19,806 litres of petrol and 29 artefacts worth N231m between January and February.
The Customs Area Controller of Ogun 1 Area Command, Bamidele Makinde, disclosed this on Tuesday, during a press briefing on the scorecard of the command for January and February.
Makinde said the command generated N28.4m in revenue from import duties, auctions, and sales of scrap vehicles and petroleum products during the period.
He said the seizures comprise 19,806 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, 18 units of used vehicles for the conveyance of smuggled goods, 64 sacks and 824 wraps of books and 10 big and 19 small pieces of artefacts among others.
Other seizures made, according to Makinde, are one motorcycle used as the conveyance of prohibited items, 73 bales of second hands clothing, 14 sacks of foreign-used shoes, 900 foreign-used tyres and 520 cartons of frozen poultry products.
The Area Controller attributed the achievements recorded to the command’s resolve pursuant to its core mandate of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling and trade facilitation in Ogun State.
He said, “The command generated a total sum of N28, 445,757.00 through import duties, auction sales of scrap vehicles and petroleum products.
“The relentless anti-smuggling campaign of the command has continued to improve our seizure profile.
“During the period under review, the command recorded 115 which include 6,743 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each which is an equivalence of 11 trailer loads.
“Some of the other seizures recorded during the period under review include the following 19,806 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, 18 units of used vehicles used for the conveyance of smuggled goods, 64 sacks and 824 wraps of book, bread and coconut of sized Cannabis Sativa, 10 big pieces and 19 small pieces of artefacts, one motorcycle used for the conveyance of prohibited items, 73 bales of second-hand clothing, 14 sacks of foreign used shoes, 900 pieces of foreign used tyres and 520 cartons of frozen poultry products.”
Makinde disclosed that the seizures were made at different locations such as Abeokuta, Ilaro and Ipokia/Idiroko, among others.