By Sandra Chukwunyere
Officers and Men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Seme Border Command has recorded impressive and unprecedented achievements in their anti-smuggling war and revenue collection drive.
This was confirmed recently when the Customs Area Controller of Seme Area Command, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba boldly noted that feat by men and Officers of the Command were due to the commitment and efforts of the enforcement unit of the Command which he said, is yielding so much results with regard to suppression of smuggling and upgrading the revenue profile of the command.
According to a statement from the Command signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Saidu Nuruddeen Abdullahi, the CAC declared that within the last 2 weeks of August 2019, the Command has arrested the following offensive items worth approximately forty [N40m] million naira:
[875x50bags] of Foreign parboiled rice with DPV of N15,023,750[12x25litres] of vegetable oil with DPV of N131,625.90[6x50kg] of refined sugar with DPV of N147,640.50 bales of used clothes with DPV of N17,259,769 parcels of cannabis sativa with street value worth of N516,180 baskets of fresh tomatoes,  basket of fresh peppers,  sacks of cucumber and pineapples, and  baskets of fresh okro (all perishable products coming from Benin Rep. which were earnestly auctioned off) with DPV of N367,471 sacks of used shoes, belt and ladies bag with DPV of N541,989 pieces of textile wrappers with DPV of N367,778 cartons of poultry products with DPV of N948,333.75 [137×25 liter] jerry cans of PMS with DPV of N287,700 [16 buckets of car paint with DPV of N144,530.40  cartons of Galvanized nails with DPV of N99,364.65  pieces of currency (in coins) and other foreign currencies  cartons of condensed milk with DPV of N78,534.75  carton of spaghetti noodles with DPV of N15,678.97  cartons of tinned tomato with DPV of N14,589  sacks of coconuts with DPV of N38,714  cartons of body cream,  bag of detergent soap with DPV of N58,913  pieces of sand paper with DPV of N12,778.50  television sets,  pieces of television stands with DPV of N187,115.25  cartons of fuel filter with DPV of N11,669  carton of motor spare parts with DPV of N134,631  pieces of gas burner with DPV of N2,137.
Compt. Uba further explained that one of the vehicle used for conveying the contraband goods is a Toyota Hiace bus (worth N2,907,450) of G- Express Company (with registration number ENU 962 ZK), believed to be coming from Ghana.
He added that upon careful examination at the baggage inward hall, his officers and men were able to discover that contain five (5) parcels of items suspected to be cannabis sativa concealed in the bus.
Consequently, the bus driver, bus boy and the cargo handler were all promptly arrested and detained.
It could be recalled that command under this anti-smuggling wizard (Compt Garba Uba) has shown much seriousness in his ability to wage unstoppable war against these evil men called smugglers. And in the spirit of ensuring that things worked well, he has employed the spirit of inter-agency cooperation and synergy to tackle this menace. It was also based on this that he handed over the said items and the suspects to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further prosecution.
The Comptroller promised that the Nigeria Customs Service will continue to compliment the efforts of the NDLEA in its fight to rid the nation of the illicit substances.
While highlighting the importance of making seizures with suspects, the Comptroller added that we must continue to send the right signal to discourage other people from indulging in the despicable act of smuggling.
Finally, The Customs Area Controller re-iterated the command’s commitment to the strict implementation of the Federal Government fiscal policies and the extant laws that govern the day to day operation of the service at the international corridor.