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Custom makes 90.4% of 2018 target

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WITH just about a month to the end of the year, 2018, Oyo and Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS, declared that it had generated a whooping sum of N21,953,286,380.09, which represents 90.4% of the total revenue target set for the command for the year.

The Customs Area Controller in charge of the command, Zulqifli Argungu Abdullahi, who made this disclosure at the command’s Headquarters, Ikolaba GRA, Ibadan, equally expressed optimism that the command would not only generate what would make up the balance, but would also surpass the set target for the year before the year eventually ends.

Comptroller Abdullahi, whose meeting with journalists was the maiden one, having been posted to the state less than two months to the meeting, seized the opportunity to showcase what the command was able to do as from October till date, including seizure of eight used vehicles illegally smuggled into the country with a Duty Paid Value (DPV), of N20,180,876.39k.
He said the command also seized 3010 50kg bags of rice with DPV of N50,556,678.25k, 600 (25litres) of vegetable oil with N13,537,125.00k DPV, cannabis sativa with DPV of N6,999,776.59k, 25 bales of second hand clothing with N6,443,671.50 DPV and 33 means of conveyance that carried as DPV N16,125,291.97k.

The comptroller, who put the total DPV of the seized goods at N118,843,219.70k said “the law that prohibits the importation of rice and used vehicles through our nation’s borders is not new, so, those who claim ignorance of the ban have no excuse.

“Most of these contraband goods were conveyed in commercial buses and cars meant for transportation of people and goods but we’re converted to perpetrate this dastardly act”, adding, “the seizures were made at different locations within the command’s area of coverage”, the CAC stated further.

He disclosed that due to the recent huge seizure of illicit drugs at the sea ports, it had become necessary for the command to intensify its efforts against illicit drugs trafficking through the nation’s borders with a view to checkmating the influx of illicit drugs through the nation’s territorial boundaries.

While enjoining patriotic citizens who engage in legitimate business not to entertain any fear, Abdullah insisted that NCS “is only concerned about bringing those who flout extant Customs and Excise law and regulations to book and enable those who engage in legitimate business to enjoy trade facilitation”.

He commended the NCS Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali Ibrahim (rtd), whose continued motivation and support of the officers through the provision of brand new patrol vehicles had in no small way contributed to the command’s achievements with a pledge that they would not relent in their efforts to justify the CGC’s huge investment in the anti-smuggling campaign.

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