By Okezie Nnadi
The Nigerian Customs Service , Apapa Area 1 command has netted a gargantuan sum of 522..4 billion Naira as revenue accruing from duty paid within the period of January to June 2022.
The Command’s Area Controller,
Comptroller Malant I Yusuf stated this when he briefed the press last Friday in Apapa Lagos.
Malanta who conducted Journalists round some of the seizures told the press that the command has recorded 156 billion increament which stands at 42.5% when compared to corresponding months of last year, 2021.
This achievement he said was in tandem with the Federal Government efforts to diversify the economy through non- oil export, he revealed that the Command has pulled in a large sum of 2.5 million metric tonnes in the aspect of exportation with the Free on Board ( FCB) value items which equally rose from $1.6 million in 2021 to $138 million in 2022 among exported items includes steel bars, Agricultural and mineral products amongst others.
Controller Malanta noted that the Federal Government policy on export incentive scheme has played a vital role and it is boosting export trade in Nigeria. He revealed that the anti smuggling operations of the Command is being guided byFederal Government fiscal policies direction and as such for the period under review has managed to curb the smuggling of dangerous items, resulting in the seizures of 77 containers with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of #8.3 billion.
The seized items include
Processed/ unprocessed wood, 32 containers
Unregistered pharmaceuticals, 5 containers
Used clothings and shoes, 18 containers of
foreign Parboiled Rice 12 containers
Vegetable oil, 7 containers of
1 20ft container laden with 150 cartons of tramadol.
On the number of those arrested, he disclosed that 21 suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizures.
On interagency relationship, he stated that the command in its pursuit to strengthen the relationship between other government agencies has handed over 2*20ft containers laden with 150 cartons of illicit hard drugs to the NDLEA.
Malanta praised the CGC management team for their unrelenting support, he thanked all the government agencies for the synergy which has made for this singular achievement. He also thanked stakeholders for their tireless commitment.