Apapa Customs Revenue Rises 65.4 Per Cent

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By Shola Fadeyi

CAC Apapa Command, Malanta Yusuf

 

Revenue collected by the Apapa Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in April this year rose by 65.4 per cent or N25, 585, 661, 139.92, as against the level in the corresponding period of last year.

The Command generated N65.463, 398, 355.85 as revenue in April this year compared to the N39.8 billion it collected in the same period of 2020.

The Controller of the Command , Comptroller Mallanta Yusuf who gave the figures while addressing the Press recently in Apapa described the revenue recorded during the period as unprecedented in the history of the Command.

He however revealed that the command also intercepted 4x40ft containers of illegally imported pharmaceuticals and concealed cartons of unregistered drugs inside a 40ft container at Sifax Terminal in Lagos.

Yusuf said the contraband drugs intercepted at the APM Terminal and Sifax Bonded Terminal, respectively, comprised 674 cartons of tramadol tablets in 225mg/120mg, and 805 cartons of codeine syrups, adding that the seizures were made through active intelligence gathering and meticulous profiling.

He disclosed that apart from the questionable pharmaceuticals, unprocessed wood and scrap copper wire with cumulative value of N1.760, 506, 363.00 was also intercepted within the period under review

The Controller linked the increase in the command’s performance since his assumption of office to unwavering commitment of officers and men, fresh initiatives and strategic engagement with stakeholders.

He said the unprecedented achievements were made possible because of the officers resilience and tireless commitment to their duties, adding that the Command has also taken bold initiatives and steps to ensure the collection of appropriate revenue by creating an enabling environment for legitimate businesses to thrive.

The Controller advised Nigerians to embrace legitimate trade and avoid smuggling adding that those engaged in illegitimate trade will continue to cry over losses, because the laws will always run its course.