Seme Customs Command Nets Over N400M; Says Border is Fully Reopened

From L-R: Seme CAC,Comptroller Mohammed Bello Jibo & the Command’s Public Relations Officer,ASC Hussain Abdulahi

*** Makes Seizures Worth 409.8 Million

By Sandra Chukwunyere

Over 400 million naira revenue was realized by the Seme Customs Area Command between January to date.

The Public Relations Officer of the Command, ASC Hussain Abdullahi made this known in a statement made available to Maritime Security News.

Breaking down the figures, Abdullahi explained through the Customs Area Controller (CAC) Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo that “the sum of four hundred and thirty one million, one hundred and sixty thousand, three hundred naira seventy two kobo (N431,160,300.72)only was realized as revenue while four hundred and nine million, eight hundred and fifty seven thousand, five hundred and thirty three naira, fourteen kobo (N409,857,533.14) as duty paid value (DPV) from seizures during the period of January to date”.

CAC said that this is an evidence that the Command has been fully operational.

He therefore called on members of the public to disregard the rumour being circulated that Seme border had not been fully reopened.

According to him “the attention of Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Service has been drawn to a misleading narrative in some quarters of the public that the Seme-Krake border has not been fully reopened, thereby limiting a seamless inflow and outflow of legitimate goods”

“It is pertinent to state that since the re-opening of some land borders by the Federal Government of Nigeria in December, 2020 with Seme Border Command being among the four borders re-opened, its operations has since been sustained on a full scale. Although some initial hitches were encountered by our Nigerian importers concerning high, charges of fees and levies imposed on the Nigeria bound goods before entry”.

Commenting on the activities of the Command since December 2020 that it was fully reopened following directive from the Federal Government, Jibo said ” the Command made pragmatic moves towards cementing a synergy and cooperation with the host community and other security agencies including the Republic of Benin Security agencies operating at the joint border post”

“In addition, the Command was able to process and exited the following number of trucks within the period of January to date; ETLS one thousand fifty nine (1059) , EXPORT two thousand four hundred and eighty seven (2487) , IMPORT/BAGGAGE one hundred and seventy nine (179) and a total of seven hundred and thirteen (713) declarations were captured and processed”.

The achievements are indication that the border is not only open, but fully operational since the re-opening of the four (4) land borders by the Federal Government.

“To this end, the Command is calling on the general public to disregard such false information as it was just an imagination of the perpetrators mischievously aimed at casting doubt in the mind of Nigerians that are engaging with their legitimate businesses at the border”.

Jibo gave an assurance that, “the command will continue to actualise sustainable campaign and provision of necessary instruments with a view to facilitate legitimate businesses in line with extant governnment fiscal policies’.

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