Customs seizes Contraband goods in Lagos

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service has seized goods worth 54,465,000 Naira in its renewed anti-smuggling operations.

The Seme Command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Selechang Taupyen showed  3200 x 50KG bags of rice,1000 cartons of frozen poultry products which has since been destroyed in accordance with the extant laws.

Mr Taupyen said that 720×25 jerry cans of vegetable oil and 57 bales of second hand clothing, with a total duty paid value of 54, 465, 000.00 were seized during the operations.

“The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service in recent times have engaged in a renewed effort of aggressive anti-smuggling operation there by tightening the land border against smuggling activities,” he stated.

Deploying necessary tools
Mr Taupyen said the command was deploying all necessary tools to ensure that the core mandate of the Service (Revenue generation, facilitation of legitimate trade and suppression of smuggling) amongst others were vigorously achieved.

He noted that actualising the functions of revenue generation and legitimate trade facilitation depended solely on how smuggling activities were aggressively suppressed to the barest minimum.

“It is against this backdrop that the anti-smuggling unit of the command has intensified its operations in order to curb the menace of trans-border crimes (smuggling) and other vices…The ongoing aggressive patrol by the anti-smuggling unit of illegal routes and flanks of the border is yielding tremendous results and has translated into the seizure of numerous items”, he stressed.

Major Responsibility
The Customs Area Comptroller of the command, Comptroller Aliyu Mohammed said that combating smuggling was a major responsibility that the Nigeria Customs Service was saddled with and as such, compliance with Government fiscal policies was not an option to an institution bestowed with such enormous responsibilities.

Comptroller Mohammed explained that officers were adequately motivated and re-orientated to execute their functions creditably and discretionally without compromise.

To key into the presidential mandate (Reform, Restructure and Revenue generation), he further reiterated that smuggling activities had to be confronted headlong, to prevent revenue leakages.

Proactive Approach
This reality according to him, necessitated the proactive approach of the enforcement unit to ensure that smuggling activities was maximally suppressed to boost revenue generation.

The Command’s boss while showcasing the seizures made, challenged all officers and men to maintain the tempo in combating smuggling activities across the frontiers.

The Comptroller also used the opportunity to call on all concerned Nigerians, stakeholders and other relevant agencies at the borders to help the service in giving credible intelligence for all kinds of trans-border crimes to be nib in the bud.

He emphasised that the Nigeria Customs Service Seme command would continue to protect the Nigerian economy by ensuring that the local industries were protected to give employment opportunities to the teaming population of the unemployed youths.

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