Customs split Ogun command, Oyo impounds 93 vehicles

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Nigeria Customs Service has unbundled its Ogun State command, splitting it into two commands.

The state Area Comptroller, Michael Agbara, who stated this on Wednesday during a press briefing, explained that it was done with a view to enhancing administrative efficiency and boost revenue generation for the service.

 Agbara spoke at the state’s headquarters, Idi-Iroko in the Yewa South Local Government Area of the state.

He said, “It will interest you to know that the management of Nigeria Customs Service has formally communicated a development directing the unbundling and creation of eight new area commands within the Service.

“The two brand new area commands in Ogun State are Ogun I and Ogun II area commands. Ogun 1 will have an area of coverage relating to regulation and enforcement of all import, export and anti-smuggling related activities in Ogun State with headquarters at Idiroko, while Ogun II Area Command will be saddled with the responsibilities of enforcing and regulating all Excise, Free Trade Zone and Parcel Post-related activities in Ogun State with headquarters at Abeokuta.”

 He said the decision was taken at the Nigeria Customs Service Board 50th Regular Meeting held on May 21, 2019.

Agbara said the command generated the sum N 1, 281, 034, 042.80 in the month of July as against its target of N643, 471, 763.99.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Customs Service (Oyo/Osun Area Command) has said it arrested 35 suspects and intercepted 93 vehicles, as well as other smuggled items.

The controller of the command, Zulkifli Abdullahi  made this known on Wednesday, during a press briefing held at the command head office in Ibadan.

He said seized items were 7, 951 between January and July.

The customs boss noted that the total duty paid for the 93 vehicles that were seized was put at N105, 097, 529.

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