Anti-Smuggling: Nnadi lauds Ali over 10 patrol vans, celebrate Ogun rice farmers with seized 12 trailer loads of rice

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Anti-Smuggling: Nnadi lauds Ali over 10 patrol vans, celebrate Ogun rice farmers with seized 12 trailer loads of rice

The newly promoted and assigned Ogun I Customs Area Command Comptroller, Dera Nnadi, has expressed his hearty appreciation to the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs, Col Hameed Ali over the ten (10) new Hillux patrol vans given to the Command.

 

Nnadi stated that the release of the patrol vans was timely as it has aided the activities of his men within his first 36 days in office.

“Gentlemen of the Press, I want you to join me in thanking our Comptroller General, the indefatigable Col Hameed Ali for deeming it fit to approve the procurement and assignment of ten Hillux patrol vans for operations in Ogun I Command.

Compt Dera Nnadi commending his team of gallant officers

“I have to say it loud that the Hillux vans are of immense value to my personnel such that moving to the hideout of smugglers has become easier.

“I understand that to whom much is given, much is expected, reason my men hit the ground running with seizure of 7,311 bags of foreign perboiled rice equivalent to 12 trailer loads of rice within my first 36 days in office.

Comptroller Nnadi pointed at one of the ten newly procured Hillux patrol vans

So, with the benefit of these patrol vans, and the readiness of Ogun Command gallant officers, we are not going to allow any forms of smuggling.

“Surfice to say that more of these patrol vans would no doubt enable my men to respond quicker to nefarious activities of the Smugglers”.

Compt Dera Nnadi (L-R 7th) beside the Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle. MFR, Asade Agunloye IV, with some of the Obas in Yewaland

Earlier, in a Press Release made available to RazorTimes by the Command’s Spokesperson, DSC HB Oloyede, Compt Nnadi has enumerated the successes recorded in his one month six days as Ogun I Command Comptroller, among which is ₦172m DPV of contraband seizures.

Nnadi said the seizure of 7,311 bags equivalent to 12 trailer loads of foreign perboiled rice was a major win over the smugglers.

Compt Dera Nnadi taking journalists on a tour of seized contrabands

“The above emphasis is deliberate to show that this quantity of rice, if allowed into the Nigerian market will affect the federal government rice policy negatively.

“Recall that a rice cooperative farm in Ogun State (specifically at Imeko-Afon) with the active support of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Government and World Bank just last week harvested 2600 metric tons of paddy rice.

“This is major win for the Command as we celebrate these farmers who are testimonies and justification of the Service anti-smuggling effort in support of local rice productions in the country”.

Several other seizures recorded in their various quantities during the same period include:

• VEGETABLE OIL: 12 KEGS OF 25 LITERS SIZE THAT IS 300 LITRES

• USED VEHICLE (MEANS OF CONVEYANCE): 20 UNITS

• USED MOTORCYCLE (MEANS OF CONVEYANCE): 2 UNITS

• USED CLOTHINGS: 4 BALES OF 25KG EACH & SACKS

• USED SHOES: 26 SACKS

• CANNABIS SATIVA: 124 SACKS [BOOKSIZE] & 165 WRAPS (COCONUT SIZE) WEIGHING 637 KG

• USED TYRES: 2 BUNDLES & 4 PIECES WITH RIMS

• PMS: 831 KEGS OF 25 LITRES EACH [20,775 LITRES IN ALL]

• FROZEN POULTRY PRODUCTS: 810 CARTONS

• USED TOYS: 4 SACKS

“The cumulative duty paid value (DPV) for all the above seizures amounted to One Hundred and Seventy-Two Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-Seven Naira and Zero Kobo (₦172,999,387.00).

“REVENUE: The Command generated a total revenue of ₦2,437,050.00 during the period under review, which are mainly proceeds of auction sales of seized petroleum products (PMS) and scrap metals. It should be noted that Federal Government of Nigeria’s directive on border closure is still subsisting, hence, there is no revenue generated from imports activities.

We are deploying massive intelligence and are also deploying rules of engagement in all our operations. This has yielded greater successes being recorded on daily basis without casualties.

“We have extended our stakeholders engagement to include continuous interactions with critical stakeholders in the Command. To this end, we have been engaging the youths who form the bulk of the human capacity asset in Ogun State particularly at the border areas.

“We have also been engaging the elders of the communities who in all honesty have a good knowledge and understanding of the challenges of enforcing government policy in the border especially as the borders remain closed.

“We have also been engaging with royal fathers of the state and has appealed to them to warn their subjects to desist from smuggling and attacks on Customs personnel. Let me use this medium to thank them for accepting to continuously help in this direction. We are also reaching out to the state governor who is the chief security officer of the state in this direction and the future looks mutually very rewarding for Nigeria Customs Service and the state.

“Subsequently, let me once more warn smugglers and criminal elements in the state that we shall definitely uncover every illegal act of theirs, make arrest and inflict gross financial injury on such ventures and their perpetuators.

“It suffices to say that the continuous attacks on Customs and other security operatives in the state by these unpatriotic people will not deter us from sustaining the onslaught on their smuggling activities. We are determined more than ever before to carry out our anti- smuggling operations without let or hindrance”, Compt Dera Nnadi assured.