The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) raked in N594.2 million in the month of January 2017.
This was even as the Command said it recorded 43 seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N92.4 million.
According to a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Taupyen Senchen, the source of the revenue was mainly imported general goods and Baggage Assessment using the Passengers Baggage Entry System (PBES) platform.
Commenting on the revenue figure, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Victor Dimka, disclosed that the amount realized was commendable.
He added that the effect of the policy ban on importation of vehicles through land borders had no negative implication to the Service, since no revenue was lost to the Federal Government.
According to him this was because the revenue that was supposed to be collected through the land border was still realised at the sea port without leakages.
The Area Controller further re-iterated that every officer must ensure total compliance for the policy to succeed, saying that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the success of the policy was intelligence driven with a robust relationship between the border Command and the host communities.
Dimka enjoined his officers and men to work assiduously as never before to give their best to the service in a challenging time like the present.
He re-stated that as the busiest land border Command that was strategically located along the corridor that linked other West African countries; they could not afford to fail because much was expected from the border.
He assured that the command would continue to perform its statutory functions of revenue generation, facilitation of legitimate trade, combating of smuggling activities across the frontier and securing the nation’s territorial integrity, among others.
He said the anti-smuggling Unit of the Command was already frustrating the attempt of smugglers who dared to try the might of the Government in smuggling fairly used vehicles through the land border.