Customs at Airport rakes in over N29.1bn
.Hands over $50m currency seizure to EFCC
By Udeme Clement
2019 HALF YEAR REPORT ON ACTIVITIES OF MURTALA MOHAMMED AREA
COMMAND of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, under the leadership of Comptroller JT Shoboiki (Mrs) PhD, as the Customs Area Controller, CAC, has achieved the records below:
The MMA Command collected a total sum of ₦29.1billion in the First Quarter and Second Quarter of 2019, as against ₦22.7billion collected from January to June 2018.
The revenue collected from January to June 2019 represents 112.4%; this did not only surpass the set revenue target of Q1 & Q2 2019 with ₦3,219,843,233.00 but also surpassed that of 2018 Half Year with ₦6,399,747,155.00.
2019 HALF YEAR ANTI-SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES BELOW:
The Murtala Mohammed Area Command made an unprecedented number of seizures and detentions of various items with Duty Paid Value (DPV) ₦382.2million for the period under review. Amongst of the items seized are –
- One Thousand and Two (1002) PCS of Air-Force Berets
- Two Hundred and Eighty Nine (289) PKGS of different makes of Drones
- Two Hundred and Seventy Two (272) PCS of two way Walkie-Talkie Radios
- One Hundred and Fifty Two (152) PKGS of Camouflage Inner Vest, Combat Shorts, and Camouflage Polo Shirt (No End User Certificate)
- One Hundred and Fifty (150) PKGS of Camouflage Peak Caps
- One Hundred (100) PCS of Trackers
- Seventy Nine (79) Pairs of Camouflage Footwear
- Fifty Nine (59) Cartons of Tramadol (handed over to NAFDAC)
- Forty Three (43) Bags of Donkey’s skin
- Forty Three (43) PKGS of Desert Camouflage Combat shorts
- Twenty Seven (27) PKGS of Complete set of Camouflage Uniforms, Safety Belts and rope
- Seven (7) PGKS of Pangolin Scales
- Hard Drugs (Cocaine) imported from Pakistan, concealed in two cartons and declared as household items in NAHCO Shed (handed over to NDLEA)
- Hard Drugs suspected to be American Cannabis concealed in baby doll (handed over to NDLEA)
CURRENCY DECLARATION AND SEIZURE:
The Federal Government Currency Policy mandates any persons travelling out of the country with amount of money more than 10,000 US Dollar (or the equivalent in another currency) to declare on Customs Currency Declaration Form (CDF).
Currency Declaration: –
Total Currency Declared from January to June 2019 (Q1 & Q2 2019):
|SN||TYPE OF CURRENCY||TOTAL CURRENCY DECLARED||TOTAL DECLARANTS IN
Q1 & Q2 2019
A sum of 50,000,000 US Dollar arrived into the country without proper documentation, which was seized and handed over to EFCC in the presence of the DSS for further investigations.
OFFICERS PERFORMANCE AND DEDICATION TO DUTY:
The Customs Area Controller, Comptroller JT Shoboiki (Mrs) PhD on her Parade that was held on Wednesday 17 April, 2019 gave out awards of recognition to twelve selected officers who excelled in their various Sheds for their dedication to duty, discipline and revenue generation. She said henceforth, hardworking officers will be celebrated by the Command as a means of motivation to enhance their productivity. Under listed are the twelve (12) awardees:
|1||SC||AE IBOK||NAHCO SHED||Most hardworking NAHCO Shed officer|
|2||DSC||PN OKONKWO||CIU||Most hardworking CIU officer|
|3||DSC||HC OSONDU||INTERNATIONAL||Hardworking in Revenue collection at Int’l Airport|
|4||DSC||PIU OCHONMA||CAC OFFICE||Most hardworking and discipline officer in CAC Office|
|5||ASC I||AK UMAR||N/COURIER||Most hardworking NAHCO Courier officer|
|6||ASC I||A USMAN||CAC OFFICE||Most Dedicated And Reliable Officer in CAC Office|
|7||ASC I||OB OYEWALE||CAC OFFICE||Meticulous and hardworking officer in CAC Office|
|8||ASC I||AO OTIKO||SAHCO SHED||Most hardworking and discipline SAHCO Shed officer|
|9||IC||S IBRAHIM||TALLY||Most hardworking Tally officer|
|10||AIC||CS NWANZE (mrs)||S/COURIER||Most hardworking and well dress S/Courier officer|
|11||CA I||AM UMAR||DHL||Most hardworking DHL officer|
|12||CA II||M SANI||S/EXPORT||Most hardworking and well dress Quarter Guard officer|
In conclusion, the CAC at the last regular stakeholders’ meeting held on Monday 27th May, 2019 advised Customs Brokers, Airline Operators and importers alike to imbibe the habit of making truthful and clear declarations which must agree with all other documents required for clearance of cargos; such as PAAR, AWB, SGD, Form M as well as Packing lists. She said Customs can only facilitate compliant trade when correct declarations are made, while those with discrepancies are naturally delayed for one correction of DN or the other.
More so, she frowned at the way legitimate and licensed Customs Brokers sublet jobs to miscreants and touts who have nothing to lose thereby perpetrating all acts of frauds, in order to circumvent revenue.
She added that the Command has put in place system to fish out such touts by checking their Form C30 and will not hesitate to prosecute them and blacklist such Brokers to serve as deterrent to others.