Customs generates N2.3bn in four months in Ogun

The Ogun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said yesterday that it generated about N2.36 billion revenue within the first four months of the year.

Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Haruna Mamudu, said this at a news conference in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Mamudu said the amount was an improvement over the sum of N1.99 billion generated in the corresponding period of 2014.

He added that the command also made 361 seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N319.97 million during the period under review.

The controller noted that the seizures were lower than that of the same period in 2014 which, he said was 485 with DPV of N508.94 million.

He however, attributed the decrease in the seizures to the enhanced vigour with which the anti -smuggling campaign had been pursued since the beginning of the year.

The Customs chief said that the agency also seized a large consignment of Indian hemp, weighing 1, 259kg from suspected traffickers last Sunday.

Mamudu said the seizures were made at Imeko, in Imeko-Afon Council Area of the state and also, a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.

He added that the illicit substance, which was seized from the traffickers following a tip-off, had already been handed over to the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Mamudu explained that there was a good working relationship among the various security agencies in their fight against crime.

“The command is not relenting in its anti-smuggling drive and we shall pursue it with more vigour and determination.

“This will help us to achieve our objective of reducing the incidence of smuggling to the barest minimum in Ogun state,” he said.

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