The Nigeria Customs Service(NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘A’, with headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos said it intensified its anti-smuggling operations last year leading to interception various contraband with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N4,004,258,331.52 between January to December 2017.
The Unit also said that through its interventions, it recovered N1,956,022,531.65 from duty payments and demand notices on general goods that tried to beat the system from seaports, airport and border stations, through wrong classification, transfer of value, and shortchange in duty payment that were meant for the Federal Government of Nigeria.
This brought the revenue to a cumulative of N5,960,280,863.00 in 2017.
The seizures, according to the report, comprised of foreign parboiled rice, frozen poultry products, vegetable oil, smuggled vehicles, Indian hemp, arms, fake pharmaceutical/medicaments and various general merchandise.
Mohammed Uba Garba, Controller of the Unit said despite the challenges in 2017, the Unit recorded the highest seizures and revenue so far in its history.
He attributed this feat to leadership qualities of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) and the entire management team of the Nigeria Customs Service for their efforts in recognising hard work and putting square pegs in square holes.
“Without the management motivation and necessary logistic support, we won’t have achieved this feat within this period”, he said.
Comptroller Uba, while commending the commitment and diligence of the Officers and Men of the FOU ‘A’ for thwarting the antics of devil smugglers who used different methods to deceive the service, further charged his Officers to be professional and diligent in performing their statutory responsibilities in the year 2018; most especially in the area of anti-smuggling operations by making sure all revenue linkages are blocked.
The Comptroller enjoined that all hands must be on deck in the fight against these economic saboteurs, who he said, meant no good for the economy.