Customs at Seme border defeats smugglers
*Seizes N788.2million contraband
* Arrests 15 suspects
( Report by Udeme Clement ):
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Seme Border Command, Comptroller Bello Mohammed Jibo and his men have demonstrated superior intelligence in their operations, as they intercepted 1,294 prohibited items worth over N788.2million in Duty Paid Value (DPV), in 2020.
The team swiftly arrested 15 suspects in connection with the seized items.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the Command, Mr. HUSSAINI ABDULLAHI, made this known.
Speaking on behalf of the CAC, he said,
“The seized items include 7, 667 bags of foreign parboiled rice ( 50kg each); three bags of sugar (50kg each); 1, 080, 875 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS); 127 units of smuggled vehicles; 1,514 cartons of frozen poultry products; 646 packets of hard drugs; 166 parcels of cannabis sativa and 31, 868 General Merchandise goods.
“In the same vein, 15 suspects were arrested in connection with different crimes during the period under review; of which some were released on administrative bails while others are still standing trial in court.”
His words :
“The above landmark achievements can be attributed to the deliberate policies adopted by the Command and supported by Customs Management under the stewardship of CGC Hameed Ali, appreciable cooperation by sister security agencies, as well as unwavering synergy with the host Communities”.
He went on, “It is pertinent to note that since the pronouncement of policy on partial border closure by the Federal Government, the Command major revenue sources have not been active; hence the only alternative source is fees collected from auction sales of seized PMS and other perishable items.
“As such, the Command remitted N32.2million into the federation account, as revenue for 2020 fiscal year.
“With the recent pronouncement by government on reopening of borders, the Command is committed to implementing all directives of government on the new operational guidelines, to ensure that the revenue base of the Command is projected and trade is facilitated.”
To this end, the CAC appreciates the border communities and sister security agencies for their support, patriotism and cooperation.
He further called on all stakeholders to always put the interest of the Nation above personal drive.
He emphasised, “The Nigeria Customs Service will continue to encourage compliant traders, while sustaining a higher tempo in the fight against smugglers and their accomplices.”The CAC showing seized items in the warehouse :