Apapa Customs Generates over N1trn, Arrests 60, Seizes N14.4bn Goods In 2022

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Comptroller Yusuf Malanta, CAC, Apapa Command , Nigerian Customs Service (NCS)

By Shola Fadeyi

A  total sum of  N1,022,530,523,699.4 was generated as revenue by the Apapa Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) , while it impounded assorted goods worth N14.4 billion in Duty Paid Value(DPV) as well as arrested 60 suspects in connection with the seizures in 2022,

The  Area Controller of the Apapa Command, Comptroller  Yusuf Malanta confirmed the figures while giving an account of the Command’s scorecard for 2022.

 

According to him , the amount recorded during the period represents an increase of  16.07 per cent over N870,388,340,650.65 collected in 2021.

 

He said  the Command  was able to record the  achievements, using technology  to maximize  its  revenue collection, enforce  anti-smuggling operations,  promoted exports  despite the unfriendly environment , which prevailed during the period.

Malanta pointed out that the revenue  feat was made possible because of the  Command’s resilience    in blocking revenue leakages and ensuring that all unpaid declarations and unutilized , Pre- Arrival Assessment Report( PAARS) were   traced and accounted to the federal government coffers.

The Controller stated that  the  central concern of the Customs  management  is to deploy technology to automate its  processes and procedures to maintain a feat between trade facilitation, revenue generation and security of the nation

He said as  a lead agency in trade facilitation, the Command is constantly engaged  in reinventing its  strategy and share  its vision with other agencies in the port, through connectivity and joint one-stop boarding of vessels and examination of cargo.

In the area of anti- smuggling , he said the Command  intensified  its anti-smuggling operations through leveraging on  technological infrastructure to ensure that illicit trade which poses threat to the national security and wellbeing of the society were detected and controlled from finding their way to the society.

According to him , a total of 157 containers with a duty paid value (DPV) of N14.4 billion were seized during the period , as against 102 containers with DPV of N31.8 billion seized in the year 2021.

He said fake and prohibited drugs without necessary NAFDAC certification and overdose drugs of Tramadol top the list of seizures made last year, while others  include  codesse syrup, foreign parboiled rice, vegetable oil ,processed/unprocessed wood, used clothing , among others.

Malanta stated that the  60 suspects that  were arrested in connection with some of the seizures  are at various stages of investigation and prosecution by other agencies of government , to which the susupects were handed.

He said the  Command will remain a no-go area for any form of illegality, as well as  warned  the perpetrators that the Command  will remain resolute at  exposing  the activities of the suspects , with a view to  bringing  them to book.

Malanta said in  line with the Federal Government’s  diversification of the economy in non-oil export, the Command recorded a total of $6.5 million free onboard (FOB) value with  a naira equivalent of N28.2 billion of  commodities with a total tonnage of 64 million Metric tonnes exported through Apapa port.

 

He  disclosed that  the commodities shipped through Apapa Command last year  include steel bars, agricultural produce such as  hibiscus, sesame seeds, cocoa, cashew nut, ginger, soya beans, and mineral products.