Nigeria Custom Service, Ogun State Command said its had generated the sum of 13.3 million out of its total seizure of duty paid goods valued N106.7 million in the month of July 2023.
The Custom Controller of the Area Command, Comptroller Bamidele Makinde revealed this at a press conference on Tuesday.
Speaking at the press conference addressed on his behalf by the Command’s spokesperson, SC Hammed Bukoye Oloyede, Bamidele said the NCS in Ogun has continued to sustain its performance on the mandate of revenue generation, trade facilitation and suppression of smuggling.
“In the month of July, 2023, the Command generated a sum of N13,370,229.00 as revenue, from baggage assessment and proceeds from auction sales of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). The CAC commends the compliant travelers for their honesty and patriotism which made part of the generated revenue a reality.
“In the area of anti-smuggling activities, the Command made a seizure of 2,113 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, 21 units of vehicles (means of conveyance & Tokunbo), 17,950 litres of PMS and 1,416 pieces of used tyres among others.
The seizures were made from different locations across Ogun State and were mainly intelligence-driven. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items is N106,757,592.00,” he said.
He emphasized that activities of Customs in Ogun are in conformity with the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023.
According to him, various sections and subsections of the Act empower Customs’ operatives to carry out patrol freely in the exercise of their duties in enforcing Customs & Excise Laws, making seizures/detention, and arrest of suspects in connection with smuggling activities.
He added that the Act also prescribes various punishments on trade-related matters.
He listed examples of such infractions to include obstruction of officers, hindrance, molestation or assaults on officers while on lawful duty as well as preventing seizure of items, or arrest of a suspect which attracts a fine of N5,000,000.00, imprisonment for 5 years or both.
Source: PM news