Customs impound N34 million worth of contraband goods

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Oyo/Osun Area Command, on Thursday said that the command has impounded contraband goods worth Thirty-Four Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty-One Thousand Naira within three weeks.

Penpushing reports that the Comproller, Oyo/Osun Area Command, Babajide Jaiyeoba, made this known while speaking with journalists at the Command headquarters, in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.

The customs boss noted that aggressive efforts of the anti-smuggling operations of the command led to the seizure, adding that the seizure of the contraband items was made between Thursday 17th February,  2022 to Thursday 10th of March, 2022.

“Item seized include: seven used vehicles, with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of 11,745,000, 548 (50kg bags) of imported parboiled rice with DPV 9,644,800, 898 (25litr) kegs and 101 of (200ltr drums) of petrol, with DPV 1,975.600, 355 pieces of used tyres with DPV 2,130,000, 57 bales of secondhand clothing with DPC of 6,840,000, five sacks of used shoes with DPV of 300,000, one sack of used bag with DPV of 60,000, and 10 catorns of used compressor with DPV of 378,000”,Jaiyeola said.

Penpushing further reports that Jaiyeoba stated that the achievements was made possible through timely sharing of credible intelligence and effective collaboration between the Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU), Federal Operations Unit Zone A, CGC Strike Force Team, and Joint Border Patrol Team.

The Custom boss however said that the command would maintained zero tolerance for smuggling, bearing in mind it’s negative implications on the economic growth and development of Nigeria.

The Comptroller declared that the command shall not relent in its efforts towards fighting smuggling to standstill by improving its intelligence gathering method within the available logistics in accordance with the extant laws as enshrined in the Custom and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45, LFN 2004 as amended.

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