Ogun: Customs seizes goods worth N1.3bn between May to June

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun 1 Area Command, disclosed that it seized goods worth N1.3 billion between May to June around Ogun and its environs.

The Area Comptroller, Bamidele Makinde stated this at a press briefing on Monday in Idiroko, Ogun.

Makinde also revealed that the command generated N12.8 million from importation and auction of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) intercepted at different locations and exit points to the Republic of Benin during its anti-smuggling operations between May to June.

He explained that the cumulative estimated Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seizures between May and June amounted to N1, 290, 108,608.00.

According to him, the illicit drugs include 117 small sacks, six big sacks, 1,100 wraps (book size), 81 wraps (coconut size) of cannabis sativa, and a cartoon containing 1,100 packets of Tramadol (225mg per table ×10).

Also seized were 390 Cartons of frozen poultry products, 19 bales and 104 sacks of foreign used clothes, 120 cartons of new foot wears (including 23 pairs of new slippers), 53 cartons of foreign used shoes, 122 cartons of foreign wine.

The command also seized 72 pieces of used compressors, 10 vehicles, two foreign used vehicles, four motorcycles, and 289 cartons of imported tomato paste and vehicle spare parts.

The Customs boss added that a smuggled truck load of about 320 cartons (23,400 pairs) of imported foot wears, which fell under Import Prohibition List, Schedule 3 of Common External Tariff (CEF), with an estimated DPV of N764, 974,800.00, was intercepted during intelligence-driven anti-smuggling operations.

“A fuel tanker suspected to contain 45,000 litres of adulterated diesel with an estimated Duty Paid Value of N81, 823,200.00, was abandoned by a suspected bunkerer who absconded upon sighting our operatives along Sagamu-Ijebu Ode Expressway.

“In addition, about 10,973 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as petrol, was seized and disposed of in line with extant laws,” he said.

Makinde said two vehicles laden with 882 bags/50g each of foreign parboiled rice were seized within Abeokuta axis, in line with sections 46 and 169, respectively of Customs and Excise Management Act CEMA, CAP C45 L.F.N.2004.

“The synergy and collaboration with sister security agencies in the state had also contributed to this remarkable progress,” he stressed.