By Innocent Orok
The Ogun State Customs Command has hit a huge revenue collection in the month of July 2019.
The breakdown of the revenue collection within the period of 1st to 31st July, 2019 shows that the
monthly target was N 643, 471, 763.99, while total revenue collection was N 1, 281, 034, 042.80, recording difference of N637, 562, 278.81.The percentage collection stood at 199.08%,while
percentage excess revenue was 99.08%
The above revenue collection for the month under review (1st to 31st July, 2019) indicates an increase of N84, 887, 207.20 above a total collection of N1, 196, 146, 835.60 between 1st to 30th June, 2019.
In the area of anti-smuggling activities ,during the period under review, the Command made 102 seizures comprising of
7, 848 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50 kg each), 23 units of vehicles (7 used vehicles and16 means of conveyance) 32 kegs of vegetable oil (25liters each),
201pairs of used tyres,
three sacks of used foot wears and
320 bags of sugar (50kg each).
Others are Four bales and One sack of secondhand clothing
200 kegs of PMS (Petrol) of 25 litres each with a Total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N137, 950, 082.00
According to the Command the seizure of over 7, 848 bags of rice (50kg each) in the month of July, 2019 is indeed a landmark among numerous successes recorded by the Command. “This is evidently a patriotic duty by the Service to fully align with one of the cardinal Federal Government policies targeted at boosting agricultural development with a view to attaining national food self-sufficiency.”
CONVICTION OF THREE ACCUSED PERSONS FOR VANDALIZING CUSTOMS OFFICIAL PATROL VEHICLE:
According to the statement,the Federal High Court Abeokuta, Ogun State on the 28th of June, 2019 convicted three accused persons for vandalizing official patrol vehicle attached to Team “H” Roving “A” anti-smuggling patrol team at Ashipa forest on 22nd September, 2017. The court found the accused persons namely: YAKUBU OLAMIDE “M”, PAUL AYINLA “M”, AYINDE ADEBAYO “M” guilty jointly and severally and sentenced them accordingly.
“While the Command is unrelenting in pursuing other cases including the murder of one of its personnel (CA I Hamisu Sani) on the 6th of January, 2019 with the major suspect involved in the case now in custody, this will serve as a deterrent to other unscrupulous members of the society who might harbor the intention of harassing security agents while discharging their lawful duties. Moreover, a notorious smuggler based in Owode have been arrested and charged to a Federal High Court for smuggling of rice and presently on remand cooling his feet in Ikoyi prison pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions”.
UNBUNDLING OF OGUN COMMAND:
With the latest restructuring of some Units and Commands of the Service the Ogun State Customs Command was split into two, now Ogun 1and II.
“It will interest you to know that the Management of Nigeria Customs Service has formally communicated a development directing the unbundling and creation of eight (8) new Area Commands within the Service. Ogun Command is privileged to be among the beneficiaries with a view of enhancing administrative efficiency and boosting revenue generation for the Service. The two brand new Area Commands in Ogun state are Ogun I and Ogun II Area Commands. Ogun I will have an area of coverage relating to regulation and enforcement of all import, export and anti-smuggling related activities in Ogun state with Headquarters at Idiroko. While Ogun II Area Command will be saddled with the responsibilities of enforcing and regulating all Excise (industries under Excise control), Free Trade Zone and Parcel Post related activities in Ogun state with Headquarters at Abeokuta.
This visionary development is based on the outcome of the Nigeria Customs Service Board at its 50th Regular meeting held on 21st May 2019″.
Comptroller Agbara however
commend sister agencies, opinion leaders, heads of traditional institutions, eminent personalities, the Media and other law abiding members of the public for their unflinching support to NCS in Ogun state.
He said ” It is our believe that the new structure of Nigeria Customs Service in Ogun state will indeed be recipe for further cementing the existing relationship towards the overall growth, development and stability of our dear Country Nigeria” .