MMIA Command Seizes 89 Drones, Detains 66, Surpasses Revenue Target
By Okezie Nnadi
The Muritala Mohammed International Airport Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has seized 89 Seized Drones, detained 66 Drones to boost its Anti -Smuggling profile.
According the MMIA Area Controller, Compt.Compt. Charles Orbih this act by his officers is backed up by Section 245 of the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023 which empowers a Customs Officer to seize and detain prohibited goods, the Command also made One Hundred and Fifteen (125) seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Eight Hundred and One Million, Five Hundred and Sixty One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty Two Naira only (#801,561,962.00) for the year 2023. The items intercepted include:
89 Seized Drones,
66 Drones Detained.
Other seized items are:
330 Military and other Security Wares
700 rolls of Cigarettes each containing 10 packs
126 Walkie Talkies and their Accessories
87 pieces of Artifacts and Antiquities
22 pieces of Elephant Tusks
10,000USD counterfeit notes handed over to Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)
8,800USD concealed in an album
Other seizures include 300 pieces of Ladies Footwears, 2 bags of Precious stones and other numerous items.
The CAC disclosed that
Three (3) suspects were arrested in connection with the seizures. “While investigation is ongoing, they will be charged to court as soon as it is completed.
He praised the commitment and diligence of the officers and men of the Command and other Units including the Valuation Unit, Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU) and the Customs Police enabled seamless operation of carrying out these enormous tasks.
The Command also sured up its revenue profile as it collected the sum of Thirty Billion, Five Hundred and Three Million, Five Hundred and Seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety Nine Naira, Nine Kobo (N30,503,507,399.0) as revenue from 1st January to 31st December, 2023.
The revenue collected exceeded the revenue target given to the Command by the NCS Headquarters of (N29,148,944,769.8) with the total sum of One Billion, Three Hundred and Fifty Four Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Two Thousand, Six Hundred and Twenty Nine Naira Twenty Seven Kobo (N1,354,562,629.27); which the Command’s henchman said implies that the Command surpassed its revenue target by 5% for the year under review.
A comparative analysis of the revenue collected for the corresponding year 2022 of Twenty Billion, Eight Hundred and Ninety Eight Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Naira Eleven Kobo (N20,898,557,880.11) reveal a 46% increase in total revenue collection with a difference of Nine Billion, Six Hundred and Four Million, Nine Hundred and Forty Nine Thousand, Five Hundred and Nineteen Naira (N9,604,949,519.00).
“Since my assumption of office in the Command, it is worthy to note that the Command has consecutively surpassed its monthly target from the month of September to December 2023 as represented in the total revenue collected within the period under review. At this juncture, ladies and gentlemen, permit me to state that it is the first time in the annals of this Command that in the month of December 2023, the Command collected an unprecedented sum of Four Billion, Seven Hundred and Sixty Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand, Eighty Naira and Sixty Eight Kobo only (#4,768,922,080.68). This could be attributed to the doggedness of the officers of the Command towards achieving set goals and objectives.
“The commitment and diligence of the officers and men of the Command and other Units including the Valuation Unit, Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU) and the Customs Police enabled seamless operation of carrying out these enormous tasks.”
“I will like to appreciate the Controller General of Customs (CGC), BA Adeniyi Psc(+) MFR and his management team for creating an enabling environment for the Command to actualize its core mandate of generating maximum revenue, suppression of smuggling, facilitating legitimate trade and national security. The Command will not rest on its oars in this new year 2024 by improving on its operations and facilitating legitimate trade while not compromising the security of the country. It is also important to appreciate the synergy that exist between us and other Government Agencies working in the airport. The cooperation has indeed boosted and helped in achieving our core mandate thereby strengthening our mode of operations.
Going forward, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the Command will continue to discharge its duties and responsibilities as enshrined in the Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023. Any would-be economic saboteur trying to bring unwholesome or restricted items into the country through the International Airport will be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law. They are hereby advised to explore the opportunities opened by the Federal Government to engage in legitimate trade. No stone will be left unturned to achieve this daunting task as we progress into the new year 2024.”He Concluded.