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Seme Customs Generates Revenue of Over N2B in 5 Months

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 Seme Customs Generates Revenue of Over N2B in 5 Months

...Records 143,468 Metric Tones of Export With FOB value of N35,199,971,097.7

The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Area Command, has generated revenue of N2,634,190,645.53 from January to May 2024.

This was made known to newsmen by the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Timi Bomodi, in a press briefing held at the Command on Tuesday, 28 May 2024.

According to him, the figure surpasses that of 2023 for the same period by 272%.

Highlighting the Command's activities within the period under review, the Comptroller stated that 143,468 metric tones of export produce were facilitated with a Free on Board (FOB) value of N35,199,971,097.7, "which is equivalent to $38,461,397.39.

"The NESS value paid is ₦174, 518, 464.82 . A total of  406 SGDs were utilised from January to May 26, 2024, for export alone."

Speaking on anti-smuggling activities, the CAC said, "Our enforcement unit sustained its anti-smuggling momentum in all nooks and crannies of the Command. This onslaught translated into 474 interception of various contraband items within the period under review."

The items include: 12,448 Jerrycans x 30 liters of PMS equivalent of 8 Tanker Loads; 6,467 Bags of 50kg foreign Rice; 15 used vehicles; 1,251 parcels of Cannabis Sativa; 20 Live Parrots; 2 Honey badgers; 2 Pelican Birds; 404 Live tortoises.

Others are 149 packages of codeine, 45 pieces of used tyres, and 3,023 items of general merchandise, among others. All with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N840,003,646.00.

The Area Controller noted that 18 suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures, "11 of them were granted administrative bails, 3 were handed over to NDLEA for further agency action, 1 was handed over to the Nigeria Police, while 4 suspects are still in our custody."

Speaking further, Comptroller Bomodi noted the recent arrest of a notorious smuggler known to terrorise the border area.

According to him, it is a significant step in the fight against anti-smuggling.

His words, “The arrested suspect is known for terror and his reign has come to an end, and he would be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

He appreciated the cooperation of other government agencies for their unwavering support in ensuring peace and safety within the border communities.

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