By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
The men of the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun Area command seized 51 smuggled vehicles, including a Range Rover 2018 model as well as 5,103 bags of foreign rice among others within one month.
This was made known to journalists on Tuesday at the Idiroko border office of the command by Controller of the Area Command, Michael Agbara. He said the command generated a total revenue of N437.8m within the period.
Agbara revealed that the high point of the seizure of the month was a brand new Range Rover 2018/2019 model seized in Abeokuta axis of the command, with a duty payable value of N64.2m.
The customs boss added that 135 kegs of vegetable oil, 33 bags of sugar, 102 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol, and 300 pairs of foot wears and one sack of ladies’ handbags were also seized by his men.
To further boost the anti-smuggling war, he said the federal government has just released a Toyota Armoured Personnel Carrier to the command, to tackle smugglers and tame smuggling activities.
Agbara however said the command would soon evacuate seized bags of rice, vegetable oil, bags of sugar, shoes and second-hand clothes from its Idiroko and Abeokuta warehouses for onward delivery to Internally Displaced Persons in Borno State.
He said, “We are elated to inform you that our success story is incomplete without mentioning the support and cooperation we are receiving from Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police, Department of State Services, National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency among others.”
Agbara equally called on the traditional rulers and eminent personalities in the state to discourage their people who aid, and perceive smuggling as means of livelihood.