By Oko Ebuka
The Nigeria Customs Services (NCS), Seme-Border Command has remitted over N2.7 billion into the coffers of the federal government within a period of three months.
In a statement by the Customs Area Controller, CAC, Seme-Border, Garba Uba Mohammed, he said that the Command impounded 8,304 bags of 50 kilogram foreign per boiled rice which is equivalent of 14 trailers with Duty Paid Value, (DPV) of N88.7 million.
In furtherance to this, the Customs boss said that 1,582 parcel of Cannabis Sativa concealed in an Indomie pained truck and another 55 parcel concealed under a corpse; both valued at I’ve N30 million, were equally impounded.
He also disclosed that the Command seized 13 vehicles including Toyota Highlander (2005), Range Rover (2017), Toyota Rav 4 (2006), Toyota Venza (2010) and others with combined DPV of N42.1 million.
Other items includes a truck load of 493 pecks of baby diapers valued at N4.1 million; 2,000 cartons of expired biscuit valued at N7.7 million and 410 sacks of school bags valued at N13.2 million, he noted.
Also listed amongst items seized according to Mohammed includes 31 jerry cans of 25 litres each with DPV of N269, 911, 138 jerry cans of 25 litres each valued at N212,100: 71 cartons of expired food seasoning worth N458,109; 35 bags of 50 kilograms sugar and many more.
Along with the seized, six persons are in custody. According to him, “Let me re-emphasis that the Command is determined to detect, arrest and prosecute those who fail to comply with the extent regulations.
“He called on Nigerians should be patriotic by supporting the Command by reporting any smuggling activity or relevant information that will assist the Command in discharging its obligations.
He said the Command is working at leveraging on modern communications tools to improve cross border efficient along the corridor in facilitating border crossing for the promotion of regional integration towards simplification, standardization, and harmonization.