*** Made Seizures of N1.8 Billion
By Sandra Chukwunyere
Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has generated a total sum of One Hundred and Fifty-nine Billion, Five Hundred and Eighty-:Two Million,Forty- Seven Thousand,One Hundred and thirty-Four Naira, Eleven Kobo (N159,582,046,134.11) in the first quarter of the year.
The Customs Area Controller ( CAC) of the Command,Comptroller Ibrahim Yusuf disclosed this in a media briefing on Monday in Lagos.
According to Comptroller Yusuf, the revenue was from Customs duty and other charges.He said : “This represented a 44.8 per cent increment in duty collection when compared to the last year’s figure of over N110 billion of the same corresponding months of January to March 2020.
“The difference recorded was made possible because of robust stakeholders engagement, officers resolute in discharging their duties and an increased level of compliance in the trade’s zone,” he said.
CAC noted that as regards anti-smuggling, within two months of assuming leadership, the command had made significant seizures of 23-containers of various items.He listed the items as: unregistered pharmaceuticals like tramadol/codeine, used clothing, foreign parboiled rice with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N773,809,620 between the months of February to March 2021.
He, however, said that the total seizure for the first quarter(January to March) stands at 28 containers with DPV of N1,871,994,307.
“The containers had rice, wheat declared as supermarket items, medical soap declared as baking powder, tramadol and others.“These are all importations in breach of sections 46, 47 and 161of the Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004 and schedules 4 and 6 of the Common External Tariff (CET).
“These cases are in various stages of investigation and in due time will be revealed,” he said.Yusuf said that for import, the statistics extracted from the system revealed that goods worth N41,559,378,029 had been exported through Apapa port between January to March.
He listed the exported goods as: manufactured products such as soap, textile, noodles, agricultural products such as cashew nuts, hibiscus, sesame seeds and other mineral resources.
He noted that the total tonnage of the said export stood at 116 million tones with Free on Board value of $109,655,351 US dollars.“I want to use this medium to extend my profound appreciation to our esteemed stakeholders, sister gover agencies in the port and the media for their immeasurable support.
“We have indeed improved our existing collaboration in the area of information sharing and other areas that will further make it difficult for perpetrators of trade malpractice to succeed in our port.
“We have also achieved enhanced Customs Community Relations through meetings and strategic engagements with various stakeholders including Importers, licensed customs agents, media and others who interface with Customs in trade supply chain.
“I urge Officers and men of the Command to remain focused and steadfast in discharging their assigned responsibilities at any given time,” he said.
Yusuf displays the seized items, Crusader Medicated Soap falsely declared as baking powder and unregistered pharmaceuticals products, Codine and Tramadol before the Newmen.
He urged the importers to desist from importing fake and unregistered drugs into the country with intention to destroy the lives of their fellow citizens, which may in turn be their, family members friends.He vowed to deal with the importers if they refuse to turn new leave, he added
Comptroller Ibrahim Yusuf (m) addressing the Journalists in Apapa Customs conference hall, Lagos today.DC Aliyu Bello (R) & NDLEA Commander, Mr Samuel Gazama.