Customs Impound N20.4m Imported Dry Fish in Oyo
The Nigeria Customs Service, Oyo/Osun Command has impounded 221 cartons of imported dry fish with duty paid value (DPV) of N20, 427,291 and another nine sacks of imported dry fish with DPV of N10, 971 between February 1, and April 20, 2021.
The Customs Area Controller for the command, Mr. Adamu Abdulkadir, while displaying the seizure before Journalists in Ibadan on Thursday said Command also confiscated 3,311 bags of foreign parboiled rice of N50kilogrammes each with DPV of N89, 309,324 and 487 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) of 25 litres each with DPV of N2, 906,775.
Correspondent Kunle Ojo reports that the cartons and bags of the imported fish were being imported to Nigeria from the Gambia through the borders of Oyo State.
Abdulkadir, however, said there was no need to import such fish at a time that the Federal Government has not opened the borders of the state to such trade. A carton that was opened for journalists was filled with dry tilapia.
Within the three months, the Area controller said the command also generated N15,890,489,479.26, which is the cumulative of import duty from bonded terminals, excise duty from factories under excise net, auction fees and all other ancillary charges into both federation and non-federation accounts.
Aside from the fish, imported rice and premium motor spirit, the Command also confiscated nine sacks of Cannabis Sativa with DPV of N1,440,180; six bales of used shoes with DPV of N288,294; 10 gallons of vegetable oil of 10 litres each with DPV of N1,903,710; another 572 gallons of vegetable oil of 2.5litres each with DPV of N2,367,222; 21 bales of second-hand clothing with DPV of N4,945,020 as well as a used DAF truck with DPV of N11,878529, totalling N134,477,316.
Abdulkadir, who showered encomium on Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for his magnanimity and support in the donation of two units of JAC LHD 4x4 Pick UP Van to enhance the operations of the command in keeping the borders safe, disclosed that had carried out the enforcement and anti-smuggling activities with utmost professionalism, caution and intelligence.
He urged the public to cooperate with the Nigeria Customs Service in the implementation of government fiscal policies to help improve the economic and social welfare of the nation.
Abdulkadir also read riot act to the people that have been blocking or attacking his men and preventing them from performing their duties in their communities.