…Promises Smugglers Hell
By Sandra Chukwunyere
For officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme border Command, it was indeed a celebration galore and a time to tell their good stories of victory and overwhelmingly beating the smugglers operating with the Badagry/Seme axis hands down.
It was as a result of the above that the Command generated a whopping sum of N1.948,408,519.66 (One Billion, Nine Hundred and Forty-Eight Million, Four Hundred and Eight Thousand Five Hundred and Nineteen Naira Sixty-Six Kobo).
The Command through commitment of its management team led by Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba equally made a superlative seizure of 850 items with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Three Hundred and Seventy-Eight Million, Three Hundred and Forty-Four Thousand, One Hundred and Eighteen Naira, No Kobo. (378,344,118.00).
This feat, the Command says it was through a commitment, reinvigorated efforts and an offensive onslaught by men and officers of Seme against smugglers and also the reoriented approaches and the stepping up of their anti-smuggling approaches to crack down these economic saboteurs with uncompromising attitude of the officers in the anti smuggling unit of the Command that yielded the good result.
To the CAC,Comptroller Uba Garba, ”it was heartwarming to see that early signs show that our resolve is yielding result similarly improve positive result”
While addressing newsmen on Wednesday this week, the CAC said that the items seized by the enforcement officers include:
16,729 bags of 50kg foreign rice which is equivalent to over 27 Trailers of rice worth N302 477,049.00, 115 cartons of imported frozen poultry products worth N728,654.00; 57 by 50 litres of Jerry Cans of Vegetable oil worthy N400,440.00; 111 pieces of used tyres worth N859,345.00; 21 Vehicles worth N134,410,536.00; 71 by 50 Jerry Cans of Petroleum products valued at N3000,572.00; 378 by 50kg Bags of Sugar said, have market value of N7,394,521.00.
Other items seized include: 40 pieces of used textiles valued at N774, 270.00; 57 packs of Tramadol with market value of N11, 090,832.00; 387 Sacks of Coconut worth N2,313,360.00; and General Goods valued at N52,005,135.00.
Speaking further about seizure, the CAC noted that the 850 seizures had a total value of N2,839,507,352.66.
On whether there was any any anybody arrested along side with seizures, the Seme Customs boss said:”Already, seven suspects were arrested, some were convicted, bailed and currently detained in connection with the
and are undergoing interrogation for possible prosecution”
Beyond revenue generation, seizures and displaying of statics, Comptroller Uba said that what is paramount to him and his team is how to boost and bring
economy growth and provide employment for the teeming youths.
Commenting further on that, he said: ”Take for instance, the government policy on rice; the rationale behind the policy is geared towards self sufficiency on food production that would meet the demand of the citizenry.
Incentives have been created for rice farmers, individuals and state governments have committed so much in terms of finance on order for this goal of self sufficiency to be realized”
He said: ”We as a Command cannot afford to be complacent. The dangers inherent in this illegality are too numerous to mention, hence our resolve to fight them relentlessly”
While thanking the comptroller General of Customs, Col. Ali and his management team for their support to the Command.
Compt. Uba also acknowledged and appreciated the collaborative efforts other government agencies in achieving this feat.
”At this juncture, on behalf of the officers and men of Seme Command extend our unreserved appreciation to the CGC, Col. Ali (Rtd.) and his management team for the continuous support and encouragement. The achievement recorded so far is with the tacit support of other security agencies, especially the Nigeria Army, Navy and Air Force, Police, Immigrations, Directorate of State Security Service DSS, National Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC etc,” Compt. UBA added.