Crime

Customs Service to Redouble Efforts to Tackle Smuggling

The Nigeria Customs Service has reviewed its efforts to stem the tide of insecurity in the country and prevent unlawful entry of suspected contrabands, including arms and ammunition.

Ogun State Customs Area Comptroller, Mr Michael Agbara who stated this at the Idi Iroko headquarters of the command, informed journalists of plans to divide the command into two, for enhanced performance and increased revenue generation.

Mr Agbara said the command generated one point four-two-eight billion naira for the month of July, exceeding the revenue target of six hundred and forty three million naira per month. 

 In the area of anti-smuggling during the period, the Ogun State customs Area Comptroller said one hundred and two seizures comprising 7, 848 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 23 units of vehicles, 32 kegs of vegetable oil, and 201 pairs of used tyres among other smuggled items worth one hundred and thirty seven billion naira were seized

He explained that three persons had been convicted by the court of law for the vandalism of the command’s official patrol vehicle at Ashipa forest border community on 22nd September, 2017, stressing that the development would serve as deterrent to other smugglers prone to harassing security agents while discharging their lawful duties. 

Mr Agbara attributed the successes recorded by the command to the collaborative efforts of other security agencies and stakeholders, particularly the media.

Olusegun Folarin

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