The immediate past boss of Custom Idiroko Axis of Ogun Area Command Sani Madugu has once again reiterated the tremendous successes recorded in revenue generation and anti-smuggling drive of the Command.
Whilst addressing the media as he welcomes the in-coming Controller of the Command,he says ”It is pertinent to inform you that, we have reinvigorated our efforts not only to sustain the tempo we have achieved in the previous year (810 seizures with DPV of N1,581,410,058.00 and total revenue of N6,162,559,790.13 from January to December, 2017), but rather strategies have been put in place to improve our performance.
This assertion can be justified based on the successes recorded from January to date (18th April, 2018). During the aforementioned period, a total of N1, 413, 867, 209.00 was collected as revenue. Also, a total of 110 seizures with Duty Paid Value of 731, 009, 781.00 was made in the area of anti-smuggling. Items seized include: 118 vehicles (both tokunbo and means of conveyance), 16 motorcycles, 5, 512 bags of foreign rice (50 kg each), 78 bales/sacks of secondhand clothing/shoes/bags, 907 kegs of vegetable oil, 9 drums and 32 kegs (25litre each) of diesel, 5 drums of kerosene, 406 kegs of PMS (petrol) and 63 compressed book packs, 93 compressed coconut packs and quarter sack of Cannabis sativa (popularly known as Indian Hemp) among others items.
Speaking futher,Madugu says ”during the last press briefing held on 23rd of March, 2018, we promised to catapult punitive measures towards apprehension and prosecution of smugglers to serve as deterrent to others. It was stressed that the era of abandoned seizure (seizure without accomplice) is over. From the date we made the aforementioned pledge, six (6) suspects were arrested with various kinds of prohibited items suspected to have been smuggled into Nigeria. The processes of prosecuting such unpatriotic members of the public in the court of law are ongoing.
Madugu who reported to this Idiroko Command on 25th April, 2017 as Customs Area Controller and diligently served his fatherland to the best of his ability for almost a year in Ogun state.
Madugu whilst thanking everyone who made his tenure a big success says he really enjoyed and cherished his stay with all stakeholers adding that the feat he achieved couldnt have been possible without the loyalty, maturity and dedication of officers in this Command.
”I am very proud of you. We all enjoyed peace, harmony and good working relationship as brothers and sisters. Monthly targets and performance appraisals will come and go, but the memories of working with colleagues and all stakeholders including the Media, traditional institutions, eminent personalities, sister security agencies and host communities in Ogun state will linger in my memory forever.
To my respected colleague, I am today handing over to you a dedicated, loyal and responsible team that without any iota of doubt will accord you the necessary support. I am optimistic that the support given to me by the media and other critical stakeholders will surely be extended to you. Your posting is indeed a round peg placed in a round hole.
Finally, Madugu warmly welcomes the in-coming Comptroller of Idiroko/Ogun Customs Command (Controller DC Agbara Ojobo) and wishes him the very best as he assumes his new role.