The Oyo/Osun command of the Nigerian Customs Service said it has generated N16.18b in revenue in the last eleven months.
The command Controller, Elisha David Chikan, disclosed this to journalists in Ibadan on Tuesday while showing them some seizures made within the last two months.
Chikan informed that the revenue was in excess of N13.5b, representing 19.48% increase compared to the amount realised within the same period last year.
He attributed the feat to the tireless effort of men and officers of the command to ensure that they do not fail in the mandate of the Service.
He also showed journalists some of the contrabands seized in the last two months.
The items include 2, 370 bags of rice, 135 bales of used clothes and two used vehicles, popularly called ‘Tokunbo’- Audi 80 and Toyota Corolla.
While giving some breakdowns on the seized items, the Controller said the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized vehicles was N11, 066, 983.48k while that of the other goods was put at N53, 116, 021.29k, making a total sum of N64, 183, 004.77k as the DPV on the seizures, adding that four arrested suspects, who are currently on conditional bail, will soon be charged to court.
While stressing that the achievement was the result of intensified intelligence driven anti-smuggling efforts of the command, the Comptroller maintained that “the Nigeria Customs Service has zero tolerance for smuggling because of its dire consequences on the nation’s economy”.
He disclosed that the NCS of today had no reason not to perform because the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ahmed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) had provided the service with enabling tools and environment to perform their duties effectively.