Seme Customs steps up patrol surveillance across border lines
* Makes N182.8million seizures in 7 weeks
*Items include 1,716 bags of rice, 28,700litres of petrol, 24 vehicles, cannabis sativa, tramadol, others
(Report by Udeme Clement):
The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Seme Border Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Bello Jibo, has rejigged his anti-smuggling operational strategies at the border between Nigeria and Benin Republic to thwart illicit trade.
The Command also stepped up patrol surveillance across the border lines.
This fresh impetus has yielded tremendous success, as the Command recorded a total of 128 interceptions worth over N182.8million in Duty Paid Value (DPV), within a short period.
Addressing reporters during a press conference, organised by the Command at ECOWAS Joint Border Post, Seme-Krake, Comptroller Jibo attributed the feats recorded by his Command within the short period to hard work, doggedness of officers and a cordial working relationship between his team and the host communities.
He said, “This is an important meeting to brief you about my short but eventful stay since my assumption as Customs Area Controller.
“In the wake to the recent END-SARS protest, the Command harnessed existing cordial relationship with the host communities at different levels through adequate and robust engagement with the aim of sustaining peace, tranquility in all nooks and crannies of the border area”.
He informed, “The community was made to understand that NCS is a partner in progress and always ready to facilitate legitimate trade to enhance economic development.
“It is pertinent to state that strategies adopted, the unwavering synergy with the host communities and other security agencies translated into seizures of the following items within the period of END-SARS protest. These include
396 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each); 152 jerrycans of premium motor spirit (25litres each); 6 jerrycans of vegetable oil (25litres each) and
7 units of smuggled vehicles, among others.
” In addition to that, the enforcement unit of the Command recorded an unprecedented progress in our anti-smuggling drive since my assumption as Area Controller in the last seven weeks. A total of 128 interceptions were made, with DPV of N182, 887 347. 00 realised.
“The seizures are 1,716 bags of foreign parboiled rice (50kg each);
1,148 jerrycans of premium motor spirit- PMS (25litres each) equivalent to 28,700litres; 24 units of smuggled vehicles; 17 Jerrycans of vegetable oil (25litres); 10 Jerrycans of coconut oil (25litres each); 3 motorcycles;
991 medicament(pains relief);
30 pieces of used tyres; 8 cartons of 25 bottles each of apetamin multivitamins syrups; 48 packages of (48X10X10) tabs =4, 800tabsX200mg of tramadol;
397 packages of 144 pcs (rubber condom); 395 cartons of different sizes (tin tomato); 332 pieces & 120 bottle of betadine mouth wash; 160 capsules (300mg); 100 sachets (150mg) of efferalgen paracetamol; 41 bottles (100ml) of paracetamol syrup;
5 bottles (250ml) of mealop syrup and
101 parcels of cannabis.”
His words, “The above progress is an indication of a strong message to those who are not willing to embrace legitimate business. Officers and Men of the Command will continue to exercise their statutory responsibilities in the overall socioeconomic prosperity of the nation”.
He enthused, “To this end, I wish to express my appreciation to the community leaders, youths and other security agencies, especially the Military for their support, patriotism and collaboration.”
The CAC emphasised, “NCS will continue to facilitate and encourage compliant traders and at the same time police our borders effectively”.