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Customs confiscates contraband worth N61.5 billion

Hammed Ali 
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Nigeria Customs Service has seized 5,235 contrabands with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of about N61.5bn in 2018.

The Comptroller- General of Customs, Hameed Ibrahim Ali, disclosed this in a statement during the week noting Service’s three layers security strategy is ensuring that all efforts are made to eradicate activities of smugglers.

He said the items seized in 2018 included arms, ammunitions, more than 59 containers of Tramadol and other controlled drugs, and 320,709 foreign bags of rice a host of others which generated the sum of N1.2 trillion in 2018, about N164.8bn higher than 2017 collection estimated at N1 trillion.

He urged citizens, especially border dwellers and port users, assist the Nigerian Customs Service in tackling this menace by reporting any smuggling activity to the nearest Customs formation. He also said that the upgrade of the electronic systems from Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS I) to NICIS II, has blocked leakages which has led to the increase in yearly revenue generation in the last three years.

The strategic deployment of manpower; strict enforcement of extant guidelines by the Tariff and Trade department; robust stakeholder engagement resulting to increased compliance, increased disposition of officers and ability to put national interest above self, have also helped in achieving  increase in the yearly revenue.

Written By - Moyosola Okuneye
Edited By - Ruth Olatunde

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