2022 Customs: Makinde seizes contraband worth N5bn DPV, arrests 15 suspects, generates N97m

2022 Customs: Makinde seizes contraband worth N5bn DPV, arrests 15 suspects, generates N97m

Comptroller Bamidele Makinde of the Customs, Ogun I Area Command, in its anti-smuggling activities in year 2022 has impounded contraband with total Duty Payable Value (DPV) of N5,088,982,569.92, generated N97,887,777.50 which is almost three folds of N36,655,401.50 for 2021 with 15 suspected smugglers arrested.

According to a release made available to RazorTimes by the Command spokesperson, SC HB Oloyede, the DPV and the Generated Revenue in 2022 are more than three folds of the 2021 N1,378,276,656.00 and N36,655,401.50 respectively.

“The Command, besides the above seizures, also arrested 15 suspected smugglers. They were arrested at different locations and exit points within Ogun State with prohibited goods. While some of them were granted administrative bail and have yet to be charged to court some were charged to Court for prosecution”

Among the seizures are 45,773 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, which is equivalent to 76 trailer loads, and 130 units of vehicles which comprise smuggled foreign used vehicles and other vehicles used as means of conveying prohibited items.

Other seized items mentioned are: a. Premium Motor Spirit (PMS): 451,100liters which is an equivalent       of 14 Tanker loads.
b.    Adulterated Diesel: One Tanker load.
c.     Cannabis Sativa: 43 Sacks, 351 small bags and 1,083 wraps of Book and Coconut sizes
d.    Tramadol: 2,250 packets
e.     Motorcycles used for conveyance of prohibited items: 30 Units
f.     Secondhand clothing: 517 bales and 236 sacks
g.     Foreign Used Bags: 3 bales and 384 pieces
h.     Foreign Used Tyres: 2,953 pieces
i.     Used Refrigerator Compressors: 31 pieces
j.     Bags of Dangote Cement used for concealment of foreign rice: 4700 bags
k.    Frozen Poultry products: 1,523 cartons
l.     Foreign textile: 89 bales and 485 pieces
m.    Vehicle compressors: 401 Units
n.    Foreign shoes: 320 sacks, 120 cartons and 277 pairs
o.    Foreign Wine: 520cartons and 220pieces
p.    Foreign corn: 302 sacks.

Below is the full speech:

PRESS BRIEFING ON THE YEAR 2022 ANNUAL ACTIVITIES OF OGUN 1 AREA COMMAND OF NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE BY THE CUSTOMS AREA CONTROLLER, COMPTROLLER BAMIDELE MAKINDE HELD AT IDIROKO OGUN STATE ON THURSDAY 19 JANUARY 2023 AT 1100 HOURS

  1.    Gentlemen of the Press, I am delighted to welcome you to the Conference room of Ogun 1 Area Command, Idiroko, for this special press conference. We intend to give an annual report, on this occasion, of the achievements recorded last year 2022, in the course of the activities carried out in line with our statutory mandate of revenue generation, suppression of smuggling and trade facilitation.
  2.    Generation of Revenue. The total revenue generated by the Command was N97,887,777.50. This was realized from auction sales of Petroleum products and baggage assessment of some items brought in from neighbouring countries. It is pertinent to state that the revenue generated in 2022 (N97,887,777.50) represented almost 300% increase on the year 2021 revenue (N36,655,401.50).
  3.    Suppression of Smuggling:
    The Anti-Smuggling activities of the Command yielded a good result with the record of 957 seizures. These seizures include 45,773 bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each, which is equivalent to 76 trailer loads, and 130 units of vehicles. These comprise smuggled foreign used vehicles and other vehicles used as means of conveying prohibited items. Other seizures recorded during the period under review include the following:
    a.     Premium Motor Spirit (PMS): 451,100liters which is an equivalent       of 14 Tanker loads.
    b.    Adulterated Diesel: One Tanker load.
    c.     Cannabis Sativa: 43 Sacks, 351 small bags and 1,083 wraps of Book and Coconut sizes
    d.    Tramadol: 2,250 packets
    e.     Motorcycles used for conveyance of prohibited items: 30 Units
    f.     Secondhand clothing: 517 bales and 236 sacks
    g.     Foreign Used Bags: 3 bales and 384 pieces
    h.     Foreign Used Tyres: 2,953 pieces
    i.     Used Refrigerator Compressors: 31 pieces
    j.     Bags of Dangote Cement used for concealment of foreign rice: 4700 bags
    k.    Frozen Poultry products: 1,523 cartons
    l.     Foreign textile: 89 bales and 485 pieces
    m.    Vehicle compressors: 401 Units
    n.    Foreign shoes: 320 sacks, 120 cartons and 277 pairs
    o.    Foreign Wine: 520cartons and 220pieces
    p.    Foreign corn: 302 sacks.
  4. The total Duty Payable Value (DPV) of the above seizures is N5,088,982,569.92, while that of the year 2021 was N1,378,276,656.00 a differential of N3,710,705,913.92 which is about 269% higher. We were able to record the above seizures with the continuous use of intelligence in our operations and synergy with sister security agencies. May I reiterate that all the activities of Customs operatives in Ogun State, nay the whole country, are regulated by law. For example, section 158 of CEMA CAP C45 LFN of 2004 empowers Customs officers to patrol freely; sections 147 and 148, respectively, empower Customs officers to search premises and licensed premises; section 150 gives Customs officers power to search persons and section 8 gives Customs officers the power of police officers in respect of carrying out and enforcing provisions of Customs laws. This means that Customs can arrest, detain and prosecute persons who commit Customs related offences. Section 167 empowers Customs officers to seize or detain goods suspected to be smuggled into the country.
  5.    The Command, besides the above seizures, also arrested 15 suspected smugglers. They were arrested at different locations and exit points within Ogun State with prohibited goods. While some of them were granted administrative bail and have yet to be charged to court some were charged to Court for prosecution.
  6.    Facilitation of Trade.    We promoted trade by operating an open door policy and providing the business community and prospective legitimate traders the required information and support for their business to thrive. We hereby assure such traders and prospective ones of our continuous support, where necessary, this year.
  7.    Stakeholders’ Engagement and Community Relations. The Command maintained a robust Stakeholder’s Engagement and good community relations. We managed a football club named Customs FC that is beneficial to some of the youth of the border communities across Ogun State. The Club consists of 18 native players and officials. It is committed to grooming players with the prospect and possibility of joining the National Football Team and Foreign Football Clubs to earn a better living. The Command’s Football Club is currently in the Division 2 of the National League and has won some laurels within and outside Ogun State so far.
  8.    The Command maintains a good Community Relations with the Traditional Rulers, Community leaders and the Youths, among others. We also maintain cordial relationship and synergy with sister agencies across the State. We appreciate the cooperation and collaboration we have received from some individuals and organizations which occasioned a considerable measure of peace in our host communities and their environments in the year gone by, while hoping that there will be improvement in that respect this year.
  9.    On a very sad note, however, I wish to inform you that during the last quarter of the year 2022, the Command lost an officer to a ghastly motor accident. While on duty at Ebute axis of Yewa North LGA in Ogun State, the officer was seated with other officers at their patrol base and a Toyota Avalon Saloon Car driven by one Mr Idris ran into the officers, knocking down 2 of them in the process.
  10.    I wish to mention as usual, that the activities of the Command in Ogun State is patriotic-driven and is in the interest of economic development and national security. Our operatives in observance of the rules of engagement shall continue to carry out their legitimate duties as prescribed by law.
  11.    I will continue to appreciate the overwhelming support of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd) CFR and his Management Team as well as our very dedicated officers and men. I also appreciate our critical stakeholders such as the traditional rulers, community leaders, and other security agencies who are collaborating with the Command for their continuous support. May I also thank and appreciate the press for being objective in their news report. Thank you and God bless.

12.    Thank you for listening.