The Comptroller General of Customs Strike Force, Zone A, Lagos has generated N1.104,527 through the raising Debit Note.

The team Coordinator, Assistant Comptroller Abba Kakudi made this known to journalists in Lagos on Monday.

Kakudi said that they were able to bring in the amount in spite of Covid-19 pandemic which affected movement of some goods.

He disclosed that his team was able to raise N142,121,156 debit note in January as against February – N275,644,911 March – N191,594,005, April – 282,288,359, May – N120.061,743 and June 1 to June 11 – N92,994,353, all equal to N =1, 104,704,527 from the same source.

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The Coordinator also said that his team seized 1000 bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice with Duty Paid value (DPV) of N13,252,300 and 10 tokunbo vehicle with DPV N31, 184,000 and 30 bales of second hand clothing with Duty Paid value of N2,160,000.

Speaking further on the seizures, Kakudi said ” In the last two weeks or thereabouts, we have given a hard chase to smugglers who were desperate to unleash economic dislocation in the country and our efforts have continued to yield results with the renewed vigour of our men.
“It is important to say that in order to help the economy to grow, there is no need to import what we can produce here in Nigeria or bring in prohibited items.
“It is worthy to note that the Federal Government has encouraged a lot of rice farmers in the country, where local rice is produced in large quantity and even healthier than the foreign rice.
“Traders should therefore avail themselves of this opportunity to market our indigenous products in such a way as to grow the economy maximally,” he said.
Kakudi said that in a bid to police the smugglers from bringing in prohibited products, the team faced a lot of dangers.
He said that sometimes, the smugglers were armed with machetes, charms and other dangerous weapons.

“This ugly situation is experienced more around the creeks where inhabitants mobilise some of their underaged people against us, to the extent of calling us names as well as some stoning us, all in a bid to make/secure seizures,” the official said.

He appealed to those who believed that smuggling was very lucrative to desist from it as the task force was always a step above them in all their plots and strategies.
Kakudi said that a lot of incentives had been provided by the Federal Government to revamp the economy and should be allowed to have the desired effect.

“We want to make it clear to these economic saboteurs and their accomplices that Customs do not negotiate with smugglers

“Above all, smuggling ruins the economy of any nation,” he added.

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