Ogun 1 Customs Intercepts Life Threatening Ammunition, Substances

Ogun 1 Customs Intercepts Life Threatening Ammunition, Substances

 The Ogun 1 Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has made a seizure of life threatening ammunition, harmful substances and other prohibited items that were capable of  causing further tension in the country.

Addressing some journalists at the Command’s headquarters in Idiroko, Ogun State on Friday, March 15, 2024, Compt. Shuaibu hinted that, on Thursday 14 March 2024, while on anti-smuggling operation along the border line, the Command operatives intercepted smuggled 940 rounds of live ammunition ingeniously concealed in sacks of cassava flakes, commonly known as garri in local parlance.
 The controller explained the circumstances surrounding the operation by stating that the Command had been on the trail of the harmful items for more than two weeks, from the Republic of Benin, before they were eventually smuggled into the country. 
Speaking further, he stated that during the trail of the cartel, the received intelligence revealed the level of surveillance mounted and security beef-up by the unscrupulous elements, to safeguard the items and evade arrest.

 Shuaibu added that the superior security network of the Command eventually aided the seizure but lost the suspects, as the items were abandoned by the suspected smugglers who absconded in a bid to evade arrest.

Furtherance to the above, he added thus: “the Command also recorded the seizures of 123 sacks and 3,172 parcels of cannabis sativa, commonly known as Indian Hemp; 380 pieces of donkey skin; 304 bales of used clothes; and 910 cartons of frozen poultry products, among others. "These items were intercepted at the creeks, border lines and other strategic locations across Ogun State, through our intelligence network and 24 hours patrol/anti-smuggling activities by our operatives. The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the total seizure amounted to N557,120,828.00."   

The controller was pleased to state that, in recent times, command carries out its operations with zero casualty which  is a great achievement in view of the circumstances surrounding the operations.

 "We value lives of our people and we try our best to safeguard it. I will like to state emphatically, that our operatives bear arms to protect their lives where and when necessary, any threat to their lives will not be treated with levity. 

"Let me sound a note of warning to recalcitrant smugglers that their days are numbered. They will never go unpunished with their nefarious activities. We shall keep uncovering their antics and very soon, they will be arrested and be made to face the full wrath of the law”, the controller warned with seriousness. 

He appealed to well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians to join forces with the command in its fight against smuggling of harmful substance, light weapon, arms and ammunition.
 He stressed that the items pose great threats to national security and have the potential of destroying lives and properties within the shortest time possible. He emphasized that the Command is open to receiving intelligence and assure prospective partners of maximum security.
Shuaibu sought for collaboration with well-meaning Nigerians and organizations to make Nigerian society a safe and peaceful place to live.

  On the revenue drive of the command, the CAC reported that from January till date, the Command generated a total sum of N24,283,788 as revenue.
 He maintained that the sources of the revenue collection remain baggage assessment and auction sales of petroleum products.

  Comptroller Shuaibu concluded his address, by appreciating the continuous support of the CGC, Bashir Adeniyi MFR and his management team. He underscored that the usual support plays a significant role in enhancing the Command’s operations and contributing immensely to its achievements. 

He also commended the efforts of his gallant operatives who are making the seizures, as well as the concerted efforts of Customs Intelligence Unit and Customs Police Unit in enhancing the Command’s operations. He recognized and appreciated the collaborative efforts of the various sister agencies and other critical stakeholders. 
Specifically, the controller acknowledged the objectivity and professionalism often displayed by members of the press in their reportage.

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