In a recent revelation that underscores the unwavering commitment of the Nigeria Customs Service to safeguard our beloved nation from potential road accidents and harmful substances, the acting Controller General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, announced that the Ogun 1 Area Command has seized smuggled prohibited goods worth about N242 million within a mere 22 days. This commendable feat is a testament to the relentless efforts and unwavering dedication of our officers in Zone A, specifically the Ogun 1 Area Command.
The Seized Contraband
The seized items encompass a wide array of contraband goods, each representing a significant threat to the safety and well-being of Nigerians. The inventory of confiscated items is as follows:
1. Used Pneumatic Tyres – A Grave Hazard on Our Roads
Among the seized goods were 1,436 used pneumatic tyres, a grave concern for road safety. These tyres, commonly known as Tokunbo tyres, are ring-shaped protective coverings made of rubber and filled with compressed air, typically used in foreign countries. Regrettably, they are deemed unsuitable for our highways, and a significant number of these tyres have exceeded their recommended lifespan from their manufacturing date.
Safety experts emphasize that good-quality pneumatic tyres are safe for use for only four years from the date of manufacturing. Any usage beyond this duration poses a significant risk to motorists and jeopardizes their lives. The interception of these tyres by the Nigeria Customs Service is a crucial step in ensuring the safety of our roads.
2. Cannabis Sativa – A Menace to Society
The seized contraband also included 569 parcels of Cannabis Sativa, weighing a total of 1,179 kilograms. Cannabis Sativa, commonly known as marijuana or Indian hemp, is a psychoactive drug derived from the cannabis plant. It has seen a concerning rise in abuse within Nigerian society, especially among our youth.
Smugglers have employed ingenious tactics to bring this nefarious substance into the country, including smuggling through land borders, utilizing creeks, and even resorting to smuggling via air routes. The Nigeria Customs Service remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting society from the entry of harmful substances and ensuring the safety and well-being of Nigerians.
3. Foreign Parboiled Rice – A Blow to Local Agriculture
The intercepted goods also comprised 3,149 bags of foreign parboiled rice, each weighing 50 kilograms. This influx of foreign rice poses a significant challenge to local agriculture and food security. It not only undermines the efforts of local farmers but also threatens the economic sustainability of our nation.
4. Vehicles Used for Conveyance – Tools of Smuggling
In addition to the above, 32 vehicles used for conveyance were apprehended. These vehicles play a critical role in facilitating the illegal transportation of contraband goods. Their interception is a significant blow to smuggling operations and a victory for law enforcement.
Locations of Seizures
These impressive seizures were executed at various locations, including Papa/Ajegunle, Ilaro road, Imasayi/Joga road, Ijebu Ode axis, and Odogbolu bush path along Ijebu Ode road in Ogun State. The strategic deployment of both human and material resources played a pivotal role in the success of these operations.
Duty Paid Value (DPV)
The Duty Paid Value (DPV) of these seizures amounts to an impressive N241,977,943.00. This staggering figure underscores the gravity of the contraband that was intercepted and emphasizes the economic impact of these operations.
Our Unwavering Commitment
In conclusion, the Nigeria Customs Service reaffirms its dedication to its duty and pledge to ensure the safety and well-being of all Nigerians. We remain resolute in our mission to curb illicit trade, safeguard our roads from dangerous tyres, and protect our youth from the devastating effects of illicit drugs.
Your support and understanding are invaluable as we work together to build a safer and stronger Nigeria.