The Nigeria Customs Service Area Command 1, Idi-Iroko, Ogun State, says that despite the fact that the State border is still officially closed, smugglers do not rest in carrying out their unlawful smuggling activities.
The Controller of the command, Peter Kolo in a press briefing on Thursday says that the command was able to make 95 Seizures in the month of August.
According to him, during the activities of his officers on duty, the command was able to seized 4,138 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice, 830 cartons of frozen poultry products, 15 units of both foreign used vehicles as means of conveyance, 6 sacks of cannabis sativa and other illicit drugs, 6 bales and 15 sacks of used second hand clothing’s, 6 sacks and 90 pieces of used handbags, 16 sacks and 34 pairs of used shoes, 592 kegs of petroleum products of 25 litres and many more.
The controller in his statement explained that their only source of income is based on the selling of petroleum products being seized during their exportation out of the country.
Kolo said in the month of August, the command was able to generate a total of one million, nine hundred and ninety-seven thousand, five hundred naira (#1,997,500).
He put the cumulative duty paid value of all the seized goods at Seventy Two Million, Five Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy-Three Naira (72,589,473).
He also stated that Ogun State border is very big compared to the number of officers they have on ground, but with his experience and professionalism, they were able to utilize what they have to achieve their success.
The Controller added that 20 suspected smugglers had been dragged to court over illegal importation of contraband.
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