Apapa Customs Arrests 21 Suspects, Rakes in N522.4billion Revenue In Six Months of Year 2022

The Customs Area Controller ( CAC) in charge of the Command, Comptroller Malanta Ibrahim Yusuf displaying seized items before journalists

By Maritime Security News

Nigeria Customs Service Apapa Area 1 Command said the command has  arrested 21 suspects in the first six month of the year 2022 due to its determination to curb smuggling of dangerous items through the Nigerian seaports
While briefing the press today in Lagos on the activities of the command in the past six month, the Customs Area Controller ( CAC) in charge of the command, Comptroller Malanta Ibrahim Yusuf said the command anti-smuggling operation is guided by the Federal Government import and export prohibition list, as well as other government fiscal policies as directed. And this has resulted in the seizure of 83 containers with DPV of N8.3billion.

Comptroller Malanta disclosed the seized items to include 32 containers of processed/ unprocessed wood, 5 containers of unregistered pharmaceuticals, 18 containers of used clothings/ shoes.
Others includes 12 containers of foreign parboiled rice, 7 containers of vegetable oil, 3 containers of tomato paste and 1×20ft container laden with 150 cartoons of tramadol, Malanta disclosed that a suspect has also been arrested in the recent seizure of 1×20 ft container of tramadol and he is currently undergoing interrogation / investigation.
Comtroller Malanta also said  ” In line with the Federal Government efforts to diversify the economy through non-oil export, the command recorded a boom in the exportation of non-oil commodities with about 2.5 million tonnes, which is above the 540 metric tonnes in the year 2021.

“The Free On Board (FOB) value for the exported items also rose from $1.6million in the year 2021 to $138million in 2022. Items exported includes steel bars, agricultural and mineral products among others” Malanta said.
Comptroller Malanta added that the command in it’s core mandates of revenue generation, prevention and suppression of smuggling , trade facilitation, implementation of government fiscal policies as well as collaboration band cooperation with other government agencies to ensure ease of doing business in the port.

The Apapa Area 1 Comptroller affirmed more than 40% increase in revenue collection of this year 2022. ” This feat was made possible because of our officers resilience in ensuring identified revenue leakages have been mitigated, while sustaining the level of compliance by the importers/ stakeholders in the clearing value chain” 
He added that within the period under review, the command has collected revenue to the tune of N522.4billion, which shows a significant increase of N156billlion as against N366.5billion naira collected in the corresponding months of the year 2021.
Comptroller Malanta declared that the command recently handed over 2×20ft containers with registration number SUDU 7774749 and UETU2798479 laden with 150 cartoons of illicit hard drugs to the NDLEA.

Comptroller Malanta extend appreciation to the CGC and his management team, other relevants  government agencies,officers of the command and stakeholders for their tireless efforts, support, collaboration and synergy.

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