Customs Strike Force Team ‘ Seizes N390m Contraband, Generates N748m In 2 Months

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The Co-ordinator of Customs CG Team 'A' DC Mohammed Sani Yusuf right , and the seizures made by the Strike Force in the last two months.
  • Warns Non- Compliant Traders

The Nigerian Customs Service(NCS)  Comptroller-General Strike Force Team ‘A’, in charge of smuggling suppression and checking  of  revenue loss in the South West of Nigeria ,  generated ₦748,679,337  as revenue  and made seizures worth  ₦390,198,000 in Duty Paid Value(DPV) in the last two months.

The Coordinator of the team, Deputy Comptroller  Mohammed Sani Yusuf who disclosed  this  in his engagement with the Maritime Media yesterday, said that   the  revenue was recorded through documentary checks and issuance of demand notices on consignments on which duty was discovered to have been underpaid.

According to him, in enforcing Customs extant laws, recalcitrant importers and traders were either made to pay the maximum duty payable, through the issuance of demand notices or made to forfeit their goods to the Federal Government by way of seizing them.

The   Coordinatorsaid  the seizures recorded within the period under review:  include 1500 x 50kg bags of Foreign Parboiled Rice; 839 bales of Used Clothes; 3,525 litres of Premium Motor Spirit; 900 bags of rice concealed in cement bags ; 1,670 Mumrite Tomato Paste;500 Mumrite Sardine; Smuggled Vehicles;One (1) pump action, one  locally fabricated pistol and 14 live cartridges.

He said that foreign tomato paste, used clothing, importation of vehicles through the land borders, used tyres, arms and ammunition without end-user certificates among others, are all part of the import prohibition items  which threaten , the existence of the Nigeria’s  economy.

According to him, Illicit goods imported into the country with their attending effects mostly end up either in private  homes or in the neighborhood; causing a wide range of issues ranging from social to a psychological crises.

“Our efforts at ensuring that the local industries are protected from unhealthy foreign competition and other forms of social security require a strong partnership between our operatives and members of the public in areas of information sharing and moral support.

“It is sad to note that some Nigerians would pay all duties and levies payable to the Customs authorities of other countries they import from, while on the other hand, they make conscious efforts to evade such payments into the federal coffers, he said.

The Coordinator stated that for the fact that the world  is now   in the last quarter of the year; approaching the yuletide period, where recalcitrant traders and importers quest to make more profits through smuggling is at its peak,he  appealed  to importers and agents to be patriotic by making sincere declarations, and paying  their duties accurately.

He also  warned  non compliant traders to desist from such for the fact that  his outfit   has strategically mobilized, and deployed  personnel to do the needful, adding that  unpatriotic importers/agents culpable shall be dealt with in accordance with the dictates of the law.