The new Customs Area Controller for Oyo/Osun command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Elisha David Chikan on Wednesday disclosed that the command has seized 1,440 bags of foreign rice, 800 pieces of used tyres and others contrabands worth N55.6million.
Comptroller Chikan stated this in Ibadan while addressing journalists on the activities of the command in the last three weeks at the command’s Headquarters .
The Customs Area Controller also gave lists of other items seized by men of the command as 14 vehicles valued N25. 7million,30 bales and 20jumbo sacks with DPV of N4.06million all totaling N55.6million .
He pointed out that most of the seizures were effected “along the Oyo/Ibadan road while the Tokunbo vehicles mainly were arrested within the Saki axis notably at Aleniboro village in the Atisbo local government area of Oyo state”.
Emphasizing that 3 suspects were arrested during the seizure, the Custom Area Controller added that ” the drivers of the arrested trucks used the vehicles to convey contrabands while deceiving the Customs operatives to believe that ” the truck was conveying cement and the 911 conveying gravels and sand”.
The Customs Area Controller noted
that the three arrested suspects are presently under investigation in connection with the seized items.
“Consequently, the eagle-eyed operatives of the command succeeded within the period under review in botching the illicit attempts of smugglers to ferry into the country assotrted contrabands including foreign rice, bales of second hand clothings, used tyres as well as Tokunbo vehincles through the borders of this area command.” he said.
Mr Chikan added, “specifically, we have been able to succesfully effect the following seiures durung the period under review, saying, ” Nissan Almera carrying 20 bags of (50kg) foreign rice, DAF 45 truck with 800 pieces of used tyres, Mazda bus with 50 bags of (50kg) foreign rice, Mazda Bus with 30 bales and Jumbo sacks of second-hand clothings, Volvo Tipper with 100 bags of (50kg) foreign rice, Mercedes Benz Truck 911 with 200 bags of foreign rice, Truck with 420 bags of forreign rice, Maszda Bus with 50 bags of foreign rice and HowoTrailer Truck with 600 bags of foreign rice.
Others are “Mazda Premacy -Tokunbo Car, Toyota Camry -Tokunbo Car, Volkswagen Golf -Tokunbo Car, Nissan Serena -Tokunbo Car and Mitsubishi Lancer -Tokunbo Car”.
He however vowed that the Oyo/Osun NCS command is determined to ” go the extra miles in botching the unholy strategies of smugglers who are all out to do nothing else but cause havoc to the national economy “.
” Gentleman of the press. let me use this forum to reiterate the commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service to go the extra miles in botching the unholy strategies of smugglers who are all out to do nothing else but cause havoc to the national economy . Please, help us to sensitize members of the public about the ills of smuggling and the damage it causes to our national economy.”
Source: New Nigerian Newspapers