Oyo/ Osun Customs Command nets N8.9bn

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  • As Comptroller Udo-Aka warns smugglers to seek new jobs
  • NCS Zone B collects N14bn revenue in 7 months -Dahiru

The Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/ Osun Area Command, despite being largely an anti-smuggling outfit, has collected a total sum of N8,895,206,245.64, for the first half of this year.

The command recorded 57 seizures of various items, ranging from textile materials, rice, foot wears, vehicles, bales of second-hand clothings etc; with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized goods put at N103,420,554.53.

The Customs Area Controller, Udo-Aka Emmanuel who made this known while giving a report on the activities of the Command between January and June, 2017,  has subsequently advised smugglers operating in his area to think twice, before embarking on next trips.

He highlighted that the revenue generated and collected from imports and exports during the period under review stood at N7,245,689,587.57, noting that the figures above stood positively,  when contrasted to the total sum generated in the preceding year (2016) for the same period, which amounted to N7,494,449, 965.65.

“Comparatively, there is an increase of one billion, five hundred and forty-six million, one hundred and five thousand, one hundred and three naira, fifty-four kobo (N1,546,105,105.54)”, Comptroller Udo-Aka Emmanuel said, adding that some of the smugglers have become so deadly and desperate; and have now resorted to harassing and intimidating officers.

Providing a breakdown of the seizures made by the Oyo/ Osun Customs Command, Udo-Aka mentioned some 33 motor vehicles with DPV of N3,321,000.00; 500 cartons of imported frozen fish with a DPV of N3,321,000; 250 cartons of imported frozen chicken with a DPV of N2,749,000; and 55 jerry cans of 25 liters of foreign vegetable oil with a DPV of N757,854.85.

The breakdown, according to Comptroller Udo-Aka also included:

477 pieces of retreaded Pneumatic Tires with a DPV of N2,884,549.00 and 16 bales of foreign textiles with a Duty Paid Value of N3,071,880.

Oyo/ Osun Command image maker, Onuigbo ifeoma Ojekwu

The Area Command Controller warned those still engaging in illicit trades in the area to await the Armageddon, stressing that smuggling is genuinely inimical to the nation and to her economy, hence those engrossed in the unholy act should purge themselves from it now, or be ready to go to jail.

In the meantime, the Assistant Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Zone B, Kaduna, Alhaji Aminu Dahiru, said on Thursday that about N14 billion was collected as internally generated revenue, from January to July 2017.

Dahiru told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna that the zone had taken measures to ensure that duties were paid on all goods coming to the country through the zone.

“Our zonal revenue target is N24 billion and so far, we have achieved 55.33 per cent of the revenue figure,’’ the official said.

He said that already, Area Commanders had been directed to ensure all goods coming into the country paid custom duty.

“We will meet our target, as sensitive security measures have been put in place to ensure proper collection of funds,” Dahiru said.

He said that Area Commands had been adequately briefed on security measures to be adopted in preventing all kinds of smuggling business.

The customs officer described the zone as no go area for smugglers, as competent officers had been stationed on identified illegal routes of smugglers, to ensure their arrest and prosecution.

Dahiru also called on the media to assist in educating members of the public on the negative effect of smuggling on the nation’s economy.

“We need the support of stakeholders in mobilising residents to shun smuggling and embrace export of local goods, as there is much to gain than smuggling in illegal items.”

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