The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Area Command has said that it collected a total of N3, 265,335,939.89 (Three billion, two hundred and sixty-five million, three hundred and thirty-five thousand, nine hundred and thirty-nine naira, eighty-nine kobo) for the period between January and April, 2016.
According to the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Selechang Taupyen, the command also recorded a total of 221 (Two hundred and twenty-one) seizures with a total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N180, 847,967.60 (One hundred and eighty million, eight hundred and forty-seven thousand, nine hundred and sixty-seven naira, sixty kobo) within the period under review.
The command also arrested a total number of 17 suspects which were at different level of investigation and prosecution.
The PRO quoted the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the command, Comptroller Victor Dimka as saying that the feat was achieved despite the dwindling economic activities and challenge of high exchange rate on the importation of general goods into the country.
Dimka re-iterated his commitment to the strict implementation of the government fiscal policies and the extant laws that govern the day to day operation of the service at the international border,
He expressed satisfaction at the drastic curtailment of the illegal importations of fairly used vehicles through the Command post by his officers and .men
He charged his management team to ensure that the momentum of total compliance to all extant laws was sustained by every unit.
The CAC Seme Command, the spokesman statement said applauded the efforts of the enforcement unit, saying
“the input of the enforcement unit of the Command with regards to suppression of smuggling has been unprecedented in recent times.”
The Customs boss however charged the unit not to rest on their oars but continue to live up to expectation in combating smuggling activities of any kind, especially illegal importation of fairly used vehicles which for now contributes over 50% (Fifty percent) of the Command’s total revenue”.
The release noted that the CAC was notwithstanding the economic meltdown affecting the country adopting a holistic approach to ensure his officers and men work under a peaceful atmosphere devoid of rancor and crisis, as evident in his monthly consultation and interactive session with the host Communities, the Border Security agencies, the critical stakeholders, opinion leaders and the youths of the entire communities.