Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has stopped 6,194 smuggled bags of rice, 33 vehicles and other contrabands worth over N382 million.
Among the seized goods are 395 kegs of vegetable oil (25 litres each), 340 kegs of petrol, 1,954 pairs of footwear and seven bales of second-hand clothing.
The state Comptroller, Michael Agbara, disclosed this while briefing reporters at the Idiroko border office, said the contrabands were seized in August.
Agbara told reporters that the duty paid value of all the goods was N382,263,360.
According to him, the command has improved on its revenue generation and suppression of smuggling activities.
He explained that within the month of August, the agency generated a total revenue of N799,682,839.62 which was N71million excess of a monthly revenue target of N727,775,499.91.
Agbara also disclosed that in line with headquarters directive, his command recently handed over 11,057 bags of rice and other perishable goods to internally displaced persons in Borno State through Nigerian Army Corps of Transport and Logistics. He added,
“The command equally participated in a joint operation which has led to the seizure of large quantity of petrol in a creek at Ijoun in which the quantity is yet to be ascertained due to ongoing evacuation.
“We wish to commend the patriotic role of our sister agencies, traditional leaders, eminent personalities and some host communities who have always partnered with us in our quest to effectively perform our statutory functions in compliance with extant government policies.” He said.