By Shola Fadeyi
Comptroller Abdulkadir,Controller , Oyo/Oshun Customs Command (Front) exhibiting some seizures at the Command’s Headquarters , in Ibadan.
The Oyo/Oshun Command of the Nigerian Customs Service(NCS) collected a sum of N36,658,156,560.99 as import duty between January and July 6 , this year while it generated an unprecedented revenue of N10,658,695,609.41 from Excise Duty in June this year.
The Controller of the Command, A .R Abdulkadir who made the disclosure while addressing the media in Ibadan, said that in the area of anti-smuggling , the Command made 50 seizures and 8 detentions ,resulting in a Duty Paid Value of N66,976,000.
He said the seizures included 525 kegs of 25ltrs each and 2 (Two) drums of 100 ltrs each of Premium Motor Spirit by the Command’s recently inaugurated PMS Task Force, second hand clothing, foreign tomato paste, foreign parboiled rice , second hand shoes adding that the Command also made a detention of 1 unit of 2017 Honda Accord sedan car along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway .
The Controller stated that in the midst of the recent security challenges across the Country, the Command has sharpened its intelligence, revenue and enforcement capabilities to fight smuggling and enforce compliance with reference to extant laws guiding its procedures and rules of engagement.
He said the Command has remained steadfast and committed to enforcing Government policies as stated by the Comptroller General, Colonel Hameed Ali(rtd) in contribution to the growth and socio-economic development of the country .
Abdulkadir disclosed that the development made the Command to set up various special task forces namely Operation FishOut, Excise Task Force, PMS Task Force and most recently, the Mining Task Force (MTF Team);while invoking relevant sections in the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004 that guides all Customs Procedures.
He said the MTF Team was created to comb the nook and crannies of both Oyo and Osun States in search of illegal mining operators who have failed to register their existence with the Nigeria Customs Service to enable proper monitoring,statistical data analysis and control of Precious Materials (Ornamental Stones)that are mined and exported to foreign countries.
The Controller thus appealed to the companies engaged in mining operations of precious stones and other national mineral assets within Nigeria, to register their operations with the Customs Service to avoid embarrassment and sanctions in accordance with relevant sections of the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 LFN 2004.