Ogun Customs Intercepts 8 Trailer Loads Of Foreign Parboiled Rice - FIRST AWARENESS


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Ogun Customs Intercepts 8 Trailer Loads Of Foreign Parboiled Rice

...Warns Smugglers to desist or ready to bear financial injuries.

Controller Bamidele Makinde

By Niyi Ogungbola
Within the period of one month, Nigeria Customs Services,  Ogun1 Area Command, Idiroko has intercepted a total number of 4, 603 bags of foreign parboiled rice with each weighing 50kg, an equivalent of 8 trailer loads.

Disclosing this to Journalists at Idiroko, the Controller of the  Command, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde said 37,450 litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit in 1,498kegs of 25 liters each and 300 cartons of Frozen poultry products were also among items seized during the period of one month.
Some bags of intercepted rice

According to him, the  cumulative Duty Payable Value (DPV) of all the seizures in the month of April  amounted to Eighty Two Million,Eight hundred and Twenty One Thousand,Three Hundred and Thirty Seven Naira,Zero kobo (N82, 821, 337,00)

Controller Makinde listed other items intercepted to include: 89 cartons of foreign wine, 35 cartons and 12 packets of tomatoe paste, 2 units of Foreign used vehicles (Tokunbo), 8 units of means of conveyance ,2units of Motor cycle among others seizures.
One of Means of conveyance

According to him,the feat was achievable through the hard work and the intelligence gatherings of his officers.

Makinde as well attributed his Command success to the collaborating efforts of critical stakeholders, members of the media,sister Security agencies and Traditional Rulers with many thanks to all for their support and synergy with his Command. 

Responding to question on the reopening of border by the Federal government, Makinde disclosed that youth restlessness which hitherto, characterized the border closure has been  drastically.reduced.

He said both youths and the old are gradually embracing genuine means of doing businesses rather than engaging in snuggling activities while the border is reopened.
One of means of conveyance loaded with foreign parboiled rice

"We are still at the skeletal stage of doing business with all our accredited Customs agents, but the modalities and documentations procedure are there for any body who wants to know how to do legitimate businesses".

"In terms of socio economic effects, life is gradually coming back to the border areas. People that are ready for legal businesses are welcomed, but the restlessness among the youths is going down. The environment has changed, people are responding" Makinde added.

 Bags of intercepted rice

Comptroller Bamidele therefore , warned all the criminal elements in Ogun State that in whichever way and methods they plan their smuggling activities,his Command shall definitely uncover,arrest and make seizures.

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