Impressive Performance :Seme Customs Generates Over N4bn In Less Than 7 Months

Comptroller Garba Uba showcasing seized items before the newsmen at Seme Border

... Makes Massive Seizures

By Sandra Chukwunyere

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Command has generated over 4.4 Billion Naira in less than 7months ranging from different seizures made by the Command. The Customs Area Controller (CAC) Comptroller Mohammed Uba told Newsmen in Lagos yesterday. 
According to Uba,the Officers and men of the Command had in various operations taken full advantage of available resources to increase revenue collection, suppression of smuggling, facilitation of legitimate trade and improving community service.
The Command generated the sum of Four billion, four hundred and five million, forty two thousand, and twenty seven Naira only (N4,405,042,027) from January till date, representing 65% of the total allotted target.
Similarly, the intensified operation of the Enforcement unit has drastically reduced smuggling activities to the barest minimum. The seizures made include the following items:
5,204 bags of 50kg foreign rice which is equivalent to 9 Trailer trucks of Rice (DPV) –  plus Levy of N. Total = N70,066,656
10 x 25litres Jerry Cans of  vegetable oil (DPV) – N100,980
13x50kg bags of sugar (DPV) – N301,965
1,078 cartons of poultry products – N15,727,701
 55 cartons of spaghetti (DPV) – N212,924
97 Cartons of  soap – N619,820
59 Cartons of insecticides – N761,365
65×6 Yards of Textiles – N419,396
17 sacks of used clothes/shoes – N435,897
4 cartons of tin tomatoes – N29,179
36 bales of used cloths – N1,942,920
 60 pieces of used tyres – N774,270
669 packs of PVC carpet/foot mats – N11,844,768
 2 cartons of cream – N18,066
114 parcels of cannabis were also found concealed in one red Toyota Highlander jeep and another 32 parcels in other operations with street value of N1,681,231. 
Nine (9) trucks placed on detention due to short payment
A total of five (5) vehicles have also been seized with duty paid value (DPV) of N7,549,132
One white Scania (ten tyre ) truck was also detained carrying rotten hide and skin. 
The Total DPV for the seizures within the three (3) weeks under review is N112,486,270.
Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba stated that one (1) suspect was arrested in connection with one of the seizures. He further sounded a note of warning to those engaged in illegal activities and other cross-border vices to avoid Seme border or risk arrest and possible prosecution. 
The CAC additionally advised all Unit heads to ensure adequate supervision of their subordinates in order to facilitate legitimate trade across the frontier while equally keeping a healthy relationship with the critical stakeholders. This will ensure that our core mandate as directed is achieved. The holistic approach in executing the mandate of the service, will lead to an all-encompassing result as revenue generation, suppression of smuggling and legitimate trade facilitation will be adequately enhanced at the Lagos –Abidjan corridor without compromising National Security.
The Comptroller assures members of both local and business communities that the Command will increase dialogue, enlightenment and robust stakeholder engagements for seamless operations through the modern Joint Border Post which is the first of its kind in the West African sub-region designed to promote regional integration, reduce clearing times at the border, increase government revenue, improve the free movement of persons and goods, eliminate corruption and loss of revenue at the borders, reduction of delays, operating cost and availability of baseline data for impact assessment.
Comptroller Garba commended Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd) and his Management Team for the continuous supports and encouragements which facilitate the Command’s success and achievements recorded so far in the last six months. He also thanked other sisters agency for their cooperation. The achievement recorded so far is with the tacit support of all other sister security agencies both locally and internationally. He added.
Parcels of cannabis concealed in a tyre

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