Ogun state command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), yesterday announced its achievements of 810 seizures with DPV of N1,581,410,058.00 and total revenue of N6,162,559,790.13 from January to December, 2017.
In a statement made available to MMS Plus, the command’s public relations officer (PRO), Mr. Maiwada, A.A. Informed the public of reinvigorated efforts in strategies to improve performance which has yielded positive results with new seizures and successful clampdown on Smugglers.
According to him, the new seizures includes 13 Tokunbo vehicles; 2 means of conveyance; 17 motorcycles;383 bags of foreign rice, 50kg each; 6 sacks of secondhand clothing/shoes/bags, 221 kegs of vegetable oil with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N67, 247, 153.00 among others, within the last two weeks in Idiroko axis of Ogun Area Command.
He said “in an effort to curb the menace of smuggling of petroleum products outside Nigeria by “some unscrupulous, unpatriotic and desperate members of the public who are determine to enrich themselves illegitimately to the detriment of other Nigerians, we have succeeded in intercepting 276 Kegs of Petrol (PMS), 9 drums and 32 kegs of diesel and 5 five drums of kerosene.”
While promising a continuous intelligence and surveillance explore in monitoring filling stations along the border areas so as to avert any form of diversion, he sought the cooperation of the public to avail the service with plausible information, so as to assist in combating the menace of smuggling of petroleum products and other prohibited items.
The Ogun Customs spokesman also educated the public that the current electronic system of auctioning of seized items has yielded results and Ogun Area Command have so far released two hundred and ninety one (291) vehicles to successful winners while the assessment and capturing of more seized and condemned vehicles are ongoing.
Maiwada therefore sensitized interested Nigerians in the auction process to log into e-auction portal (https://app.trade.gov.ng/eauction) to bid for vehicles and other items of their choice.
He explained that 11, 990 bags of 50kg of rice, 1, 129 jerry cans of 25 liters each of vegetable oil and 29 jerry cans of 25 liters each of palm oil were successfully evacuated from both Abeokuta and Idiroko Government Warehouses by Nigeria Army Transport and Logistics for onward delivery to IDPs in Yobe state.
Similarly, a letter of commendation by Comptroller General of Customs was presented to two officers, Chief Superintendent of Customs Jamairi, A.M. and Superintendant of Customs Yau, H. “for their diligence and dedication to duty along with their team members for seizures of 7,518 bags of rice and 5, 203 bags of rice respectively among other items within some couple of months in line with the policy thrust of the present leadership of Customs for zero tolerance to corruption and other vices” he said.
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