The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command generated N1.05 in August and September, 2018, as the Anti- Smuggling unit of the Command also made 120 seizures with a duty paid value of N95million for the months under review.
Also the Enforcement unit recorded the seizures of fourteen (14) exotic vehicles, amongst which are: BMW 5 series, Toyota Venza, Mercedes Benz ML 350, Lexus RX 300 etc. with a total duty paid value (DPV) of over seventy million Naira.
A statement from the command said total of 4, 504 bags of Parboiled rice were also seized with DPV of N81, 162,080 (equivalent to 7 trailer trucks).
It said other items like frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, and sugar worth over Thirteen million Naira were also seized , adding that three suspects arrested in connection to some of the seizures are currently under investigation and possible prosecution.
Commenting on the revenue generated and seizures made, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba disclosed that the Command is re-strategizing by deploying a proactive anti-smuggling approach to enforce the Federal Government policies which will boost revenue generation in the command.
The Comptroller further charged officers to complement the Comptroller General of Customs effort by adhering strictly to procedures in order to achieve the core mandate of raising revenue, suppression of smuggling and facilitation of legitimate trade along the Lagos-Abidjan corridor.
With the visit of Headquarters team led by Deputy Controller General of Customs in Charge of Enforcement, inspection and investigation, to sensitize officers on the abuse of social media; Controller Mohammed, U.G expressed dismay over the flagrant abuse and unprofessional conduct by officers in disseminating official information through the social media, pledging adherence, commitment by the command to stamp out the menace.
The Customs Area Controller who is the chairman of the Joint Border Security Meeting (JBSM) informed all the relevant border security agencies on the need to comply with the Presidential directives on ease of doing business and strict adherence to the ECOWAS protocols of eliminating trade barriers along the Lagos-Abidjan corridor.
Consequently, he affirmed the setting up of an ad-hoc Joint Taskforce from the JBSM platform to be headed by the Commanding Officer 243 Battalion, as some internal monitoring mechanism to checkmate the menace of proliferation of checkpoints along the corridor. He advised security heads to be decisive in taking actions that will facilitate legitimate trade viz-a-viz the ease of doing business in order to enhance the growth of the Nigerian Economy.