By Yemisi Ajayi, Ibadan
The Nigerian Customs Service, Oyo-Osun Area Command has recorded 101.4per cent increase in its revenue collection as it generated the sum of N13.4 billion in the first quarter of 2019.
The Oyo-Osun Area Commander, Abdulahi Zulkifli disclosed this on Tuesday at a press conference, held at the command headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Abdulahi said that the amount was against the N6 billion generated within the same period in 2018, which showed an increase of 101.4% in the revenue generated.
“Our aim is to update you and the general public on the achievements and successes in our anti-smuggling campaign and revenue collection in the command since our last press release.
“The command under my watch has continued to improve on its intelligence-driven strategy and has carried out series of operations at different locations within the command area of coverage which has led to the seizure of the following,” he said.
One used ash colour Toyota Corolla with Duty Paid Valued at 3,003,628.00, One used white coloured Toyota Highlander with Duty Paid Valued at 4,072,713.00, One used black color Toyotal Prado with Duty Paid Valued 12,112448.00
The customs boss stated further that One used black color Peugeot 607 with Duty Paid Valued 3,270,50kg bags of imported parboiled rice with Duty Paid Valued at N49.6 million, 600 25liters of kegs of Vegetable oil valued at 6,828,344.44
He added that Fifty bags of 50kg of sugar with Duty Paid Valued at Seven Naira N800,977.00, Twenty bales of second hand clothing with Duty Paid Valued 2,047,920.00, means of conveyances with Duty Paid Valued N25.98 million.
He pointed out that the total Duty Paid Valued (DPV) for the seized goods is One N105,728,974.66, adding that most of the rice and other contrabands goods were converted and concealed in vehicles that have no economic value popularly called ‘GURA GURA’ and a motorcycles to perpetrate these nefarious acts.
Abdulahi noted that eight suspects were arrested and subsequently granted conditional bail and would soon be charged to court
He however commended the dedication of his officers and the cooperation of the unit as well as the synergy enjoyed by other sister agencies like the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police, Nigeria Civil Defence Service Corps, Department of State Security Service (DSS) among others for the actualisation of the achievement.
“We shall not relent on our efforts in fighting smuggling with a view to protecting indigenous industries, reviving ailing ones and at long run, create wealth and jobs for the teeming unemployed youth.
“We shall continue to enlighten the general public through the press, social media, traditional and community leaders on the effects of smuggling on the nation’s economy and encourage them to embrace legitimate businesses.