Smuggled goods worth over N168 million including a brand new Range Rover Sports Utility Vehicle 2018 model worth N51 million, thousands of bags of rice among others have been intercepted by the Ogun State Customs Command.
Speaking with news men at the Idiroko Area Customs Command in Ipokia Local Government Area, the Controller of Customs in Ogun State, Mr Sani Madugu said the his men and officers would sustain the current tempo of the anti-smuggling campaign of the command.
” It is pertinent to inform you that within the last two weeks, we have sustained the tempo promised in our anti-smuggling drive. During the period under review, the tireless efforts by the officers and men of the Command yielded a total of 13 second hand (Tokunbo) vehicles;12 means of conveyance, 21 motorcycles, 1,168 bags of rice(50 kg each), 221 kegs of vegetable oil(25 liters), five sacks of second hand shoes and two sacks of second hand bags with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N153,858,579,153 at Idiroko axis of Ogun Customs Command.
”Most spectacular among the seizures is brand new Range Rover SUV (Velar) 2018 model seized and tagged ”the seizure of the month, the said vehicle has DPV of N51,285,154.”
The vehicle, according Madugu was intercepted from suspected smugglers who fled on sighting customs men around the Ifo axis of the State.
” Despite the aforementioned event and given the tottering nature of the operational environment, we will not relent, we will continue to stand firm and resolute in discharging the statutory responsibilities bestowed upon us as a service with dedication, selflessness and uncompromising commitment.”
‘’In spite of the incessant harassment of our men by the smugglers, we will not relent our efforts and we will not be intimidated. We are therefore calling on well-meaning Nigerians to support us in this anti-smuggling campaign.”