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Oyo/Osun command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it generated a total revenue of N20.05billion for the first quarter of this year.

The Comptroller in charge of the Command, Mrs. Uche Ngozi made the disclosure while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Ibadan. She said the command also made 72 seizures with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N312,189,456.

 Items seized by the command include 3,465 bags of 50kg foreign rice and 180 bales of second-hand (used) clothing.

Others items include 13 gallons (25 litres each) of vegetable oil, 44 gallons (4 litres each) of vegetable oil, 20 units of used tyres, cars and trucks of different products, among others.

The Comptroller said that the command intercepted  310 drums (100 litres each) and 180 gallons (25 litres each) of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) at different axis of the command, noting that 63 persons had been arrested in connection with the smuggled goods.

 “We are aware that NCS is very strategic in sustenance of the nation’s economy at this critical stage of economic downturn. Hence, maximum revenue generation is paramount in the heart of the NCS Comptroller General, retired Col. Hameed Ali.

 “It is a fact that the fight against smuggling is so essential in reducing the menace of insecurity and saving our nation’s industries. As a service, we are concerned about the general well-being of the nation at large and, as such, regret the current health crisis of coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

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