Customs Idiroko To Sell Off Seized Cars at Scrap Value
The plague of smuggling can never come to an end as long as trade exists. This is the fate the Nigeria Customs Service finds itself and the Ogun Operational Command Idiroko is not left out.
The Command in a bid to curb the smuggling activities of dare devils have intercepted 226 differentiated products of Cannabis, petroleum products, vehicles, second-hand clothing, used tyres, foreign rice, vegetable oil, motorcycles, foot wears and handbags.
The Operational Command delivered a total of N438,951,226m in Duty Paid Value.
According to the Area Commander Mr. Michael Agbara:
"My command intercepted and handed over 1.8 tons (176 sacks, 120 compressed book packs and 21 compressed coconut packs of Cannabis sativa to NDLEA ).
"The said items were seized by Officers and Men of the Command at different locations along the border areas in Ogun State.
" However the activities were raveled with series of clashes between officers of the Command and some smugglers/accomplices leading to the list of lives and property.
" It is pertinent to reiterate the fact while the Service will continue to dialogue, engage, sensitize and educate the public on social/economic implication of smuggling."
According to him, the Service will not relinquish its statutory functions of enforcing compliances with strict adherence to rules of engagement.
The Idiroko Command also confirmed it shall sell off afore-seized cars as scrap to the general public.
The Controller further highlighted press men of the arrest, araingnment and detention if 3 suspects who were involved in the attack of Customs Officers on lawful duty at Papalanto area.
The suspects have since been arraigned at the Federal High Court Abeokuta.
They are currently on remand in prison for obstruction of officers while on duty.
Controller commended the synergy existing between his Command and sister organizations, opinion leaders, head of traditional institutions, eminent personalities and other law abiding members of the public.