The Ogun State Customs Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that it collected a sum of N1,131,800,165.10 into the coffers of the Federal Government in the month of May 2019.
The Customs Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Michael Agbara made the disclosure at a recent media briefing on the activities of the command for the month of May at Idiroko Border in Ogun State.
Comptroller Agbara noted that the revenue collected was above the command’s monthly revenue target of N643,471,763.10 with a sum of N488,328,401.11.
He stated that the command made 103 seizures in the month with rice topped the list with 7030 bags seized, the highest monthly seizure in the 2019 fiscal year.
Items seized were as follows: 38 units of vehicles (13 used and 25 means of conveyance), 7,030 bags of rice (50kg and 25kg), 372 kegs of vegetable oil (25 litre) and 3 units of motorcycles.
Others were 5 sacks of 1,835 pairs of new/264 pairs of used footwares, 3 bags of sugar (50kg), 1 sack of second hand clothing and 411 kegs of PMS of 25 litre each.
The total duty paid value of the seized items, according to the CAC, was N201,960,242.00.
‘’The seizure of over 7000 bags of rice for the month of May 2019 is the highest monthly seizure of rice made the command during the 2019 fiscal year. The aforementioned was achieved due to strategic enforcement put in place in line with the Federal Government policy on agriculture development in the area of boosting local rice production,” said Agbara.
He noted that the command would continue to dialogue, engage, sensitise and educate the public on the social and economic implication of smuggling, saying that the command would ensure strict compliance to the rule of engagement.