Customs in Niger rakes in N102.2million
. Intercepts N63.5million ammunition
By Udeme Clement
The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Niger/Kwara/Kogi Area Command has intercepted 514 bags of foreign rice smuggled into the country through its area of coverage. The foreign rice estimated at a Duty Paid Value, DPV, of N8.7million was seized within the first 18 days of October 2018, through intelligence.
The Command also seized 189,000 pieces of ammunition worth N63.5million during operations in the third quarter of 2018, even as 15 seizures with DPV of N102.2milion were equally made by the same Command, from July to September 2018 economic year.
The Public Relations Officer, PRO, of the Command, LOMBA, B.O. made this known, stated that some of the strategic seizures recorded by the Command in the third quarter of the year include 189,000 pieces of ammunition worth N63.5million; 1,239 bags of rice (50kg each), with DPV of N22.3million and 12 tokunbo vehicles with DPV of N14.8million.
Other items intercepted by the Command within the same period include vegetable oil, textile materials and footwear with DPV N1.5million.
In the same vein, the Command generated a total of N725.5million in the third quarter of 2018. This, when compared to N534.1million revenue realised within the same period in 2017, shows an increase of N191.3million.
More so, the Command looks forward to unprecedented performance in this last quarter of the year by re-strategising and applying intelligence gathering techniques in anti-smuggling operations, especially at volatile border areas. This would enable the Command to consistently build on both revenue and anti-smuggling feats.