The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Niger/Kwara/Kogi Area Command on Thursday said that it intercepted no fewer than seven hundred and thirty-two (732) bags of rice, eleven (11) vehicles and one hundred and seventy-five (175) litres of vegetable oil between January and March this year.
The Customs Area Comptroller for Niger, Kwara and Kogi states, Mr. Yusuf Abba Kassim made this disclosure while addressing a press conference on Thursday in Minna, the Niger state capital.
Kassim while speaking also disclosed that the command generated a total of eight hundred and fourteen million, seven hundred and fifty-five thousand, five hundred and sixty-three Naira eighty-six kobo (N814, 755, 563.86) in three months.
He maintained that the command during the same period recorded a total seizure of 16 comprising rice, vegetable oil and used vehicles with a total DPV put at Nineteen Million One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Seven Hundred Naira (19, 120,700).
Kassim said, “On enforcing compliance of smuggling activities, the command recorded a total seizure of sixteen (16) comprising of rice, vegetable oil and used vehicles.
“The breakdown is as follows-: Seven hundred and thirty-two (732) bags of rice 50kg each with duty paid value (DPV) of 13, 510,400, eleven (11) assorted used vehicles with duty paid value (DPV) of five million, five hundred and thirty-five thousand, three hundred Naira (5, 535, 300), One hundred and Seventy Five (175) liters of Vegetable oil with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of 84,000. The Total DPV for all the seizures is put at Nineteen Million One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Seven Hundred Naira (19, 120,700)”.
He said, “You are all welcome to the Niger/Kwara/Kogi Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service. This is my first press briefing of the year 2019 as the Customs Area Controller.
“I recognize the critical role the media can play especially in the area of sensitization and enlightenment to all our stakeholders and the society at large. This is why I have called this briefing to partner with the media in order to achieve willful compliance from the public as well as to showcase what the Command is doing, our activities and the success recorded within the first three month of the year, to achieve