Ogun1Command Seizes 1,309 Parcels Of Cannabis, Used Tyres, Others

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Officers and men of Ogun 1 Command of Nigeria Customs Service recorded a total seizures of 103 items within the period of April 16th through first week of May 2024.

The new Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller James Ojo made this known to the press on Thursday during his first maiden press briefing at Abeokuta.

Comptroller Ojo who recently took over from his predecessor, Comptroller Shuabu, disclosed that upon his resumption, his officers and men went straighth to work in achieveing the laudable seizures within 23days of his assumption as the Command CAC.

He highlighted the 103 seized items to comprises of 90 sacks and 1,309 parcels of cannabis satiba, 1,596 pieces of foreign used pneumatic tyres and 2,922 bags of foreign parboiled rice of 50kg each.

Other seized items include 32 bales of used clothes, 1603 cartons of frozen poultry products and 22,600 litres of premium motor spirit, with the cummulative Duty Paid Value amounting to N380,370,911.

The new Command Sherrif added that the seized items were imtercepted at different locations within Ogun state based on the aid of intensive intelligent strategies and concerted efforts of the Commands intelligence network such as the Customs Intelligent Unit (CIU), DSS and others.

Stressing the negative effect of Cannabis commonly known as marijuana or Indian hemp and other seized items Comptroller Ojo explained “Cannabis Sativa has devastating effect on the lives of its consumers, especially our youth.

“The rise in its abuse is of great concern within the Nigerian society and a threat to our national security, due to its potential influence on criminal activities, such as armed robbery, banditry, cultism, kidnapping terrorism and other criminal activities.

‘Foreign used pnematic tyres, commonly known as Tokunbo tyres are ring shaped protective coverings made of rubber and filled with compressed air, typically used in foreign countries and shipped into the country after used overseas.

” These tyres are deemed unsuitable for our highways because, significant number of them have exceeded their recommended lifspan from their manufacturing dates. According to safety experts, good quality pneumatic threats safe for use for only four years from date of manufacturing. Any usage beyond this duration poses a significant risk to motorists and put their lives in jeopardy” Comptroller Ojo quipped.

Addressing the issue of rice, despite being a staple food eaten in many homes in the country, Ojo hinted that it’s importation through the land borders was prohibited by the Federal government to encourage local production and be self sufficient, as Nigeria is blessed with vast and fertile lands.

In his words ” The persistent smuggling of rice will continue to hamper our economic growth and development as a nation. Let us give the required support and cooperation to Nigeria Customs Service, and by extention to the federal government to improve our social security and economic wellbeing” he said.

The Command also generated the sum of N14,628,661 revenue through baggage assessment and auction sales of petroleum products.

He however disclosed that the trading activities across the border is presently not encouraging but efforts is ongoing to address the identified challenges that hinder the flow of trade.

While appreciating the CGC, Adewale Adeniyi MFR and his management team, for the enabling support to the command, he encouraged the compliant traders to remain steadfast and be assured of the commands maximum cooperstion.

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