The Oyo/ Osun Command of Nigeria Customs Service, on Wednesday 14th June, 2017, in Ibadan displayed 15 vehicles laden with smuggled goods with duty paid value (DPV) of N28,990,848.78.
The Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Emmanuel Udo-Aka told journalists that the seizures were effected on Saturday, 17th June, 2017 along Saki axis in synergy with the Headquarters Compliance Team and Customs Intelligence Unit of the Oyo axis based on tip off from the information network led by DSC Alajogun Joseph.
In addition, a MAN Diesel Truck with registration number LSD 445 XU concealed with 172 pieces of used tyres and 272 pieces of vehicle wheels, with duty paid value of N1,587,936.00 was intercepted along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on June 9th 2017,
According to the Comptroller, the smugglers had used the vehicles to conceal the prohibited items which include second hand clothing, foreign rice and other contraband goods.
â€œIn keeping faith with the service resolve to combat smuggling activities, the Command had initiated new anti-smuggling strategies which led to remarkable exploits as evidenced in the latest seizures recordedâ€ he said.
A total of 13 assorted vehicles were also seized with a DPV N23,337,139
While appealing for continued support from members of the public, Udo-Aka noted with concern that it is worrisome that some unpatriotic Nigerians still remained unrepentant despite the stern warning against smuggling and even as they continue to lose.
â€œIt is disheartening that some members of the public especially the elders do come to plead for the release of seized smuggled goods. The Service will not tolerate smuggling either from the public or from the officers who might want to connive with the smugglersâ€.
â€œI also want to inform the public that anybody whose goods have been arrested by the Customs should come forth with the genuine documents and claim ownership within thirty days after which goods are liable for seizureâ€.
ASCI Onuigbo, Ifeoma Ojekwu
Public Relations Officer
Oyo/Osun Area Command