Nigeria Customs Service branch generates over N47bn in seven months

David Adekunle, Lagos

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The Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA Command of the Nigeria Customs Service says it generated Forty seven Billion, Two hundred and forty nine million, Seven hundred and eighty five thousand, Twenty Naira and forty five kobo (₦47,249,785, 020.45) over the period of seven months.
The Customs Area Controller, Murtala Muhammed Airport Command, Comptroller Mohammed Yusuf, while briefing Journalists in Lagos State on Thursday, rolled out the scorecard between January and July, 2023.


Comptroller Yusuf disclosed that the revenue generated for the seven months, represents an 83.24% growth when compared to the same period in 2022, which was Forty Billion, Three hundred and thirty five Million, Six hundred and seven Thousand, Six hundred and fifty four Naira, Ninety Kobo. (₦40,335,607,654.90).


He highlighted that there was a progressive difference of Six billion, Nine hundred and fourteen Million, One hundred and seventy seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixty Five Naira, Fifty five Kobo (₦6,914,177,365.55k) representing 17.14% increase.


 In the area of Anti-smuggling, the Command helmsman said the Command made remarkable successes through coordinated anti-smuggling activities in synergy with other critical stakeholders which led to the seizure of six (6) packages of suspected Dried Shark Fins with FOB Value of Two Hundred and Twenty one Million, Eight Hundred and eighty five Thousand, Seven Hundred Sixty nine Naira, Two Kobo (N221,885,769.02).


Other seizures include: Twenty Five packages (25) of suspected Dried Donkey Genitals with FOB value of One Billion, Ten Million, Three Hundred and Seventy Two Thousand, Seven Hundred sixty one Naira, Ninety eight Kobo. (1,010,372,761.98) bringing it to a total of One Billion, Two Hundred and Thirty two Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Eight Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirty one Naira. (1,232,258,531).


The CAC stated further that the suspects involved in the illegal intended Export have been arrested and investigation is ongoing.


According to him, these items were seized mainly because of various forms of infractions on Export guidelines and failure to comply with CITES Law on endangered species as enshrined in the Nigeria Customs Service Act.


 “Let me use this opportunity to appreciate my Officers and Men for their dedication to the Service. I urge them to always adhere strictly to the rules of engagements while discharging their statutory duties.


​In conclusion, I shall continue to appreciate the CGC BA Adeniyi and his management team for always giving us the leverage to perform. Let me once again appreciate our critical stakeholders and sister agencies who are showing concern and are collaborating with the Service for their continuous support. May I also thank and appreciate the press for being objective in their news report”.he concluded.