OGUN State Operational Command Headquarters 1, Idiroko has declared N6,735, 215, 877.45 as the revenue it collected from January to June 30, this year.
Comptroller Ogbara Ojobo Michael, who gave the figure in an interview, said the revenue was above the command’s target of N3,860,830, 583.90 for the period under review.
He added that the command revenue generated in the period under review was in excess of N2,874,385, 293.50 – about 174.45 per cent performance.
In the area of anti-smuggling during the period under review, Ogbara said smuggle items confiscated include 29,905(50kg each) and 15 (25kg each)of bags of foreign rice; 1,466 kegs of vegetable oil (25 litres each); 17units of motorcycles; 9,407 new and 1,042 pairs used, three jumbo 69 sacks and one small sack of footwear.
Others are 427 cartons of frozen poultry products; 25 bales,29 sacks of second hand clothing, 12 sacks of Ankara rapper; four sacks of yards materials and five wraps of lining materials; 51 pieces of used handbags; 583Pcs of used tyres; 1,181kegs of PMS(Petrol) of 25 litres each; 3 bags of sugar(50kg each); 40×142, 60×200 & 40×41 android cartons of Itel Phone 3; 897 pieces of used tyres and others with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1,235,923,760.00
Ogbara added: “The seizure of over 29,905 bags of rice in the first half-year of 2019 is indeed a landmark among numerous successes recorded as compared to 15,976 bags of rice seized during the corresponding period of the year 2018. The aforementioned was achieved due to strategic enforcement measures put in place in line with the Federal Government Policy targeted at boosting agricultural development within the country.
“Also, within the period of June 1 to 30, the command generated revenue of N1, 196, 146, 835.60. While in the area of anti-smuggling the command made 83 seizures with the DPV of N310,555,588.00. The items seized include: 30 units of vehicles, 7,095 bags of foreign rice (50kg each), 258 kegs of vegetable oil (25 litres each), 10 units of motorcycles, 7,572 pairs of new, used and rubber footwear, three bales of secondhand clothing, 28 pieces of used handbags and 392 cartons of frozen poultry products and others.
The command’s boss noted that the seizures were made after clashes between his officers and some daredevil smugglers and accomplices, leading to loss of lives and properties.
“The command will continue to dialogue, engage, sensitise and educate the public on social, security, health and economic implication of smuggling, while on the other hand, the statutory functions of enforcing compliance with strict adherence to the law will be rigorously sustained.
“I wish to commend the sister agencies, opinion leaders, head of traditional institutions, eminent personalities, the media and other law-abiding members of the public on the cooperation and support we are receiving in properly implementing Federal Government’s policies,” Ogbara said.
He explained that the revenue and the seizures were made before two area commands – Ogun Area 1 and Ogun Area 2 – were created out of the old command with different responsibilities within the state.
He explained that Ogun Area 1 will oversee the regulation and enforcement of all import, export and anti-smuggling related activities in the state with its headquarters at Idiroko.
He, however, refused to speak on the tighter border surveillance nationwide.
At the Idiroko border in Ogun State security operatives were seen strictly enforcing the presidential order on cross-border movement.
The Federal Government inaugurated the joint exercise by the security agencies to further secure the land borders across the country.
The operation, which is being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), affects the four geopolitical zones, including Southsouth, Southwest, Northcentral and Northwest.