*** Makes Massive Seizures
By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service generated N6.1M and made massive seizures in 2018.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer, Saidu Nuruddeen Abdullahi revealed that the Command generated into the Federal Government coffers a total of Six billion, two hundred and ninety four million, eight hundred and sixty thousand, one hundred and eighty two Naira ninety eight Kobo only (N6,294,860,182.98) for the period under review. The figure represents about 76% of the revenue target allocated to the Command.
He said that also during the period, the Command’s Enforcement unit in an aggressive anti-smuggling drive against smugglers and non-compliant stakeholders effectively combated smuggling activities leading to a total of 1,119 seizures with a duty paid value (DPV) of One billion, three hundred and ninety four million, one hundred and thirty six thousand and twenty three Naira only (N1,394,136,023.00).
Among the seizures, according to the image maker are
– 37,568 bags of 50kg foreign rice which is equivalent to over 63 Trailers of rice (DPV) – N876,085,760.
– 1,072 X 50litres Jerry Cans of vegetable oil (DPV) – N13,675,650
– 169 vehicles (DPV) – N367,589,475
– 1,570 X 50kg Bags of sugar (DPV) – N6,594,000
– General merchandise (10,439 items) worth N100,773,668
– 2,300 Cartons of Poultry Products (DPV) – N20,700,000
– 168 pieces of used tyres (DPV) – N768,600
– 3,954 litres of Petroleum Products (DPV) – N217,470
– 119 parcels of hard drugs/Narcotics: all successfully handed over to NDLEA.
On whether there was anybody arrested along side with seizures, the Seme Customs boss said:”Already, one suspect,Difo Kenneth Cornelius was arrested who was transferred to the NDLEA Seme Command in August 2018 has been imprisoned for a term of 2yrs (on 30th November 2018) for unlawful possession of 7kgs of Cannabis Sativa.
The Grand Total for both seizures and revenue is N9,247,809,065.98.
other Units Rendition are
– Export – total FOB value of goods exported from January to December 2018 stood at N14,612,402,601.07 with a total NESS payment of N73,061,986.42
– ETLS- 2, 744 Trucks were recorded for the period under review, and the revenue realized (1% CISS) stood at N88,288,514.75; The revenue was generated from the importation of Cadbury hot-chocolate, Unilever Blue band, Unilever BBM tub/lid, Binding wires etc.
– Baggage – a total of 1,078 vehicles were given Lasse Passe from January to December 2018; and e-payment realized stood at N569,411,002.00 under baggage assessment.
– Anti-Money Laundering/Counter Financing of Terrorism- the grand total inward declarations for the year under review stood at 767,102,805CFA Goldbar worth, 2,455,600 Dollars, 25,000 Euros and 2,200,000.00 Naira; Thus providing statistical data to the Government as required by law.
– Legal – Seven cases are in various stages of prosecution at the courts for the period under review. There are three judgements given in the Command’s favour. The successful prosecution of the suspects will serve as a deterrent and in due course the Command will be a no-go area for such illegalities by the economic saboteurs.
The Customs Area Controller (CAC) Comptroller Mohammed Garba Uba restated that the Command would deploy more strategies to ensure that all revenue leakages are blocked and stakeholders who are ready to comply with proper procedures and guidelines are adequately sensitized to take advantage of the legitimate process in their transactions. He affirmed that the Command is ready to explore all avenues in order to ensure that the new target for the year is not only met but exceeded with the inauguration and resumption of operations at the new Joint border post.
The CAC reiterated his commitment to continue sanitizing the border Command to meet with other international standards. He further warned officers and men of the Command not to compromise, but should be committed to the implementation of government fiscal policies.
He commended the officers and men who have shown total commitment, diligence, humility and dedication by staking their lives to hunt down smugglers in the forest day after say, and called on stakeholders to ensure vital information is released noting that no success is achieved without intelligence report of illegalities in society.
He also acknowledged the ethical and administrative support from the Comptroller General of Customs,Col.Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and his Management Team; he equally extend his appreciation to all sister agencies both locally and internationally.