We have made seizures worth over 500 Million Naira – NCS Ogun-One Command

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, has recorded 439 seizures worth more than 500 million naira in Ogun State amidst the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of the year 2020. 

The Customs Area Controller, Ogun-One Command, Mr Michael Agbara who made this known at the Idiroko Headquarters of the command also announced that more than 19 million naira was realized from the sales of non-perishable items confiscated during the period. 

Mr Agbara showing rice that smugglers tried to bring in with jerry cans.

The Customs Area Controller said suspected smugglers had devised several means of concealing contraband, especially rice which were hidden in car engines and motorcycle seats or poured into jerry cans and loaded under kegs of palm oil. 

Mr Agbara who noted that the borders were still closed to import and export said the command would not relent in promoting its core duties of revenue generation and suppression of smuggling as well as trade facilitation and protection of the society.

He appealed to residents to discourage the youths from engaging in smuggling activities noting that the continued attack on operatives of Nigeria Customs Service and other sister agencies would leave them with no choice than to defend their lives. 

He listed the seizures to include 11,841 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 130 units of vehicles with a 2018 Model of bulletproof Mercedes Benz and 39 units of motorcycles. 

Other contrabands disclosed by the Customs Area Controller were frozen poultry products, palm oil, vegetable oil and petroleum products, used tyres, second-hand clothing, footwear and cosmetics, fruits, insecticides and Cannabis Sativa, popularly called Marijuana among others.

Oluremi Olugbenro

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