By Olufemilade Oyinade
Nigeria Customs, Ogun 1 Command, during the Third Quarter of the year 2020 has recorded 420 seizures, valued N397,076,991.
This was disclosed by the Customs Area Controller (CAC), Ogun 1 Command, Michael Agbara during a Press Conference held on Thursday at Idiroko, Ogun State.
According the Command, items seized comprised were: 11,146 Bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice (50 kg each) an average of 18 trailer loads per month.
• 86 units of Vehicles
• 39 units of Motorcycle (Means of Conveyance)
• 10 kegs of Vegetable oil (25 liters each)
• 81 bales, 34 Sacks of Secondhand clothing
• 1 Sack and 1,344 Pairs of Used Shoes
• 1,814 Cartons of Frozen Poultry Products
• 299,450 liters of PMS (Petrol)
• 127 Kegs of Palm oil (25 liters each)
• 1,225 liters of Diesel
• 75 liters of Kerosene
• 363 pcs of Handbags
• 17 Cartons Body Cream
• 12 bags by 50kg and 4 Cartons of Sugar
• 37 sacks comprising 190 Book size, 883 Wraps and coconut Size Packs of Cannabis sativa
• 213 Pieces of Used tyres
• 24 Sacks of Pesticide
• 210 Sacks of Black soap Chemical
• 6 Packs of Ghana Soap
• 8 Cartons of Imported Soaps
• 10,775 Pieces of different types of Plastic Rubber
• 410 Pieces of Textile (Wrapper)
• 172 Pairs of Rubber Slippers
• 5 Sacks of Alligator Pepper
• 186 Cartons of Crocodile Machetes
• 72 Bundles of Nylon
• 3 Bags and 1 sack of Snuff
• 1 Sack of Ladies Bra
• 2 Wraps of Ladies Wears
• 6 Sacks of Medicament
• 1 Carton Imported Perfumes
• 14 Bales of Cut Length Material
The Customs Area Controller, Mike Agbara disclosed the total Duty Paid Value of the above items is N397,076,991
The Headquarters of Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun I Command who described the Press Conferenc as a strategic press conference in order to relate their experience during the EndSARS protest and the significant role played by the Command in restoring control across the Border lines.
Following the recent nationwide EndSARS protest hijacked by hoodlums and smugglers particularly at the border areas.
According to Mr. Agbara the Command suffered several vicious attacks in which an officer (Assistant Inspector of Customs (AIC) Solomon Alayge) was killed and others were injured.
Agbara narrated “In the early hours of Thursday, 22nd of October, 2020 many of our patrol teams were attacked, their patrol bases were vandalized and set ablaze. Our Officers and Men were trapped as a result of the multiple attacks suffered along Oja-Odan, Ilaro (along Ilaro/Oja- Odan/Obele border), Ihunbo, Adisba, Owode (along Idiroko axis), Ijoun and Imeko. Many of our personnel’s belongings including uniforms and other valuables were looted. Many of our patrol vehicles were vandalized.
As what seems to be a premeditated action, the said hoodlums/smugglers in large number seized the opportunity of the security challenge which made all security agencies focused on protecting their operatives and facilities at that period embarked on massive smuggling of rice and vehicles for about three days.
“However, the Command afterwards intensified effort by strengthening her workforce with reinforcement from the military. This assisted in beefing up security and restoring control in the Command.
As a result of the control measures put in place, attempt by the hoodlums to attack our Government Warehouses at Idiroko and Abeokuta and other critical government facilities were resisted. In the same vein, with bravery and gallantry of Officers and men of the Command coupled with the maximum support of the Military, the Command recorded the under listed seizures after the restoration of law and order across our borders.
1. 2,947 BAGS OF RICE
2. 1,875 LITRES OF PMS
3. 18 UNITS OF VEHICLES
4. 4 UNITS OF MOTORCYCLES
5. 10 sacks and 1,658 PIECES OF CANNABIS SATIVA
6. 159 CARTONS OF SUGAR
7. 30 CARTONS OF TOMATO PASTE
8. 12 CARTONS OF COSMETICS AND SOAPS
9. 19 CARTONS OF INSECTICIDE
10. 7 KEGS OF VEGITABLE OIL (25 LITRES EACH)
The Customs Area Controller said despite the precarious situation experienced recently by the Command, we would continue to dialogue, engage, sensitize and educate the public on social/economic implication of smuggling, as well as performing statutory function of enforcing compliance in line with government fiscal policies.
“We wish to reiterate that the continued attack on operatives of NCS and other sister Agencies will not deter us from the continued performance of our legitimate duties. Permit me to use this opportunity to appeal to parent and guardians to prevail on their children, wards and youths to desist from such criminal acts such as smuggling and attack on Security agencies. It is important to note that activities embarked upon by the Command is a patriotic duty in the interest of national security and economic wellbeing of Nigeria. NCS operatives in observance of the rules of engagement will continue to carry out its legitimate duties as prescribed by the law.
The Command used the opportunity to thank the Community leaders and other Government Agencies who have been showing concern and collaborating with the Service for their continuous support. “We also thank and appreciate the Press for being objective in reporting the challenges faced by our Officer while executing their statutory duty, he added.