…generates N1.1bn


The Ogun State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)  has made an unprecedented seizure of 7000 bags of foreign rice in May this year.It also generated N1.131billion as revenue for the same  month, thereby  surpassing  its monthly target of N643.4million by  N488.3 million.The Area Comptroller, Michael Agbara,  made the disclosure while addressing journalists  at the NCS Headquarters, Idi-Iroko, Ipokia Local Government Area of the state.The command’s anti-smuggling activities during the, period under review also led to confiscation of 411 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit  (PMS) otherwise known as  petrol; 3 units of motorcycles; 5 sacks, 1,835 pairs of new and 264 pairs of used foot wears.Agbara, also added that the command made 103 seizures, including 38 units of vehicles, 7,030 bags of foreign rice (50 kg each and 15 bags (25 kg each) andm 372 kegs of vegetable oil (25 litres each)

While boasting that the command had suppressed smuggling activities  and reduced number of checkpoints along the Idi-Iroko, Agbara also described seizure of the over 7000 bags ofrice as the highest monthly seizures of rice made by the command so far in the year.“The seizure of over 7,000 bags of rice for the month of May, 2019 is the highest monthly seizures of rice made by the command during 2019 fiscal year. This was achieved due to strategic enforcement measures put in place in line with the Federal Government Policy on Agricultural Development in the area of boosting local rice production.“The command will continue to dialogue, engage, sensitise and educate the public on social and economic implications of smuggling and on the other hand, the statutory functions of enforcing compliance with strict adherence to rules of engagement will not be relinquished,” Agbara said.

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