Ogun Customs Intercepts 43 Trailer Loads Of Foreign Parboiled Rice In Six Months - FIRST AWARENESS


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Ogun Customs Intercepts 43 Trailer Loads Of Foreign Parboiled Rice In Six Months

..... Seizes 11,645 Kegs of 25 litres of petroleum.

Some intercepted bags of foreign parboiled rice.

By Niyi Ogungbola
Within the period of six( 6) months,the Ogun Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)  has intercepted a total numbers of 25,906 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg an equivalent of 43 trailer loads.

The Controller, of the Command, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the half year  scorecard of the command held in Abeokuta, the State capital.

According to him,a trailer load of maize meant for popcorn production and imported from the South Africa,1,433 cartons of Frozen poultry products and 1,400 packets,2,250 sachets of tramadol were also among  contrabands  intercepted by his Command within the period under review.
Controller Makinde showing Journalists the truck load of maize imported from South Africa

Speaking  further, Comptroller   Makinde said the command has also generated a total of N29,940,146.50 from import duties and auction sales of premium motor spirit seized from smugglers.

Speaking specifically on the smuggled rice, Controller Makinde said,if the seized quantity was allowed into Nigerian markets it would've been disastrous to the Federal Government policy on local rice production and the economy of the nation.

Other seizures recorded in the period under review included; 1433 cartoons of frozen poultry products, 72 units of used vehicles, 20 units of motorcycles used as means of conveyance and 168 packets of codeine.

Some bundles of foreign used clothes intercepted

Others are; 289 cartoons of tomato paste, 258 sacks and 661 wraps of cannabis sativa, 140 pieces of used tyres, 343 cartoons of foreign wine, 34 bales, 113 sacks and 36  Ghana-Must-Go bags of second hand clothes, 64 sacks and 2,218 pairs of used footwear, 328 cartoons, 320 sacks and 72 pairs of new footwear, 180 pieces of female hand bags, 375 bales, 925 pieces of textile and 900 pieces of matches.

Controller Makinde disclosed further that, the cumulative duty paid value for the seizures within the period under review  was Three Billion,Four Hundred Million,Two Hundred and Twenty  Six Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seven Naira, Zero Kobo (N3,400,226,707.00.)

While comparing the command performance under review with half year report of 2021, Makinde noted that there was significant increase in revenue collection and value of seizures recorded.

Some bales of Ankara materials intercepted.

"The revenue generated from January to June last year was N15,261,074.00 compared to this year's revenue of N29,940,146.50. Similarly, the estimated duty paid value of items seized this year, which is N3,400,226,707.00 is higher than that of last year record, which was N834,765,273.00. This I'd about 400% increase.

"The Command was able to make these achievements due to the following steps taken such as, continuous stakeholders engagement and management, deployment of intelligence in all the operations across the State and structural reorganization of the Command among others Makinde stated.
Some Cartons of foreign wine

The hardworking Controller Makinde however promised that, his Command will continue to dialogue,engage,sensitize and educate the public on social/economic implications of smuggling as well as performing it's statutory function of enforcing compliance in line with government fiscal policies.

He as well assured that,his Command shall continue to strengthen the  Customs-Community Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility ( CSR).

Comptroller Makinde ended his speech thanking the Controller General of Customs (CGC) Col.Hameed Ali rtd.his management team and gallant Officers and Men of the Command for given the enabling support.

Some intercepted used tyres.

He also expressed his appreciations to all critical stakeholders, members of the press and all other security agencies, community leaders and Traditional Rulers for their continuous collaborative efforts and synergy with his Command.

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