Ademola Babalola in Ibadan
With just two months to the end of the fiscal year 2016, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Oyo/Osun Command said that it has generated the sum of N11,147,238,490.32 between January and September this year.
The Customs Area Controller, Mr. Temitope Ogunkua made this known while briefing journalists on the achievements recorded by the command in the past few months.
Ogunkua also said that one hundred and eighty-eight assorted seizures were made with a duty paid value of N368,637,788.03 within the period under review.
The Area Controller used the medium to warn that his leadership would continue to deal decisively with the economic saboteurs and work for the security wellbeing of the nation.
He said: “In the face of the challenging economic situation in the nation, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has stepped up its operation by blocking all revenue leakages in order to collect maximum duty accurate to the Federal Government.
“This has led to the arrest of various assorted, luxury vehicles smuggled into the country through unapproved border routes.”
Ogunkuanoted that despite the various campaigns against smuggling, some elements are still smuggling various assorted items into the country.
“It is disheartening to note that despite the arrest and seizure of about ten thousand bags of rice between the months of January to September 2016, the smugglers have continued their nefarious activities daring the federal government ban on the importation of the rice through the border areas”, he asserted.
He announced that the Command recently seized, one fairly used Honda Crosstour, one fairly used Lexus Rx 300 and Rx 450, one fairly used Honda CRV, one fairly used Mazda 626 and one used Volkwagon Bus.
Others included fairly used Mitsubishi Outlander, one fairly used Toyota Carina E, one fairly used Toyota Prius, one fairly used Toyota Avalon, two fairly used Toyota Previa, five fairly used Toyota Buses with bags of Rice, and one fairly used Toyota Picnic also loaded with Rice.
He said the above items were seized at different locations within the command coverage.