Apapa Customs Seizes Cocaine Worth N13.6bn In Two Vessels

By Sandra Chukwunyere

The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Tuesday, said that it recorded a seizure of N13 containers with a Duty Paid Value of N285 million in the month of November, 2021.

According to the statement signed by the Customs Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Yusuf Malanta Ibrahim he said that a seizure of 46.55kg of cocaine concealed on vessels MV KARTERIA and CHAYANEE NAREE with a street value of N13.2 billion was also recorded on two different occasions.
Ibrahim also said that the Command’s seizure record between January and November,2021 stood at ninety-seven (97)containers with a total Duty Paid Value of N27.5billion.Furthermore, Notable among the seized items were hard substance like Captagon pills, Cocaine, Tramadol, Codeine syrup, foreign parboiled rice, Tomato paste, used clothings among others, he added that those seizures were made having contravened sections 46, 47 and 161 of Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap C45 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Seized item

” For the avoidance of doubt, we would like to reiterate here that we will not compromise proper examination on the altar of trade facilitation, and we will also not relent on sharing intelligence to alert the system on false declaration even after examination or release of falsely declared cargo. 
“Concealments will always be unveiled through the use of forensic manifest management system and synergy with other sister agencies in the port.”
“While appreciating our stakeholders and compliant traders for keeping to the rules of engagement on import and export procedures by adhering to the dictates of import/export guidelines, I would like to warn perpetrators of illegalities that our officers are always vigilant to uncover any form of unlawful trade.
I once again want to urge the trading public to make sincere declarations, pay accurate duty and get required permits to avoid losing their investments and facing prosecution.
On the revenue aspect, the CAC has collected a record-breaking revenue figure of N89.7 billion in November 2021 which is the highest monthly collection by any command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). Also, the command’s revenue profile between January-

He further said that ” thee continued, “Also, the command’s revenue profile between January and November 2021 stood at N784.8 billion.

“The remarkable feat is a result of improved inter agency synergies, enhanced trade facilitation, speedy dispute resolution and prevention of revenue leakag

 The Customs Area Controller a   ssured that the command remained resolute on contributing to the actualisation of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) agenda in the area of increase in revenue collection and non compromise for snuggling


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