Customs Strike Force coordinator, DC Sani Yusuf intensifies effort on anti-smuggling operations

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Customs Strike Force coordinator,
DC Sani Yusuf intensifies effort on anti-smuggling operations

(Written By Joe Njoku & Asuquo Nuwak)

From right, the Coordinator of Customs Strike Force and his team showing reporters seized items
Vehicles seized by the team ;
Seizures made by the team

In pursuance of the suppression of smuggling and prevention of revenue losses within the southwest region, the Co-ordinator, CGC Strike Force Team ‘A’, Deputy Comptroller Mohammed Sani Yusuf, and his men have remained resolute in enforcing Customs extant laws.

Ever since he took over at the CGC Strike Force Team ‘A’ , he has been improving standard of enforcing the extant laws, which illicit traders were made to pay the maximum duty payable through issuance of demand notices; or made to forfeit their goods to the Federal Government by way of seizure.

As a discipline officer, DC Sani Yusuf, made significant impact in the area of Anti-Smuggling Operations, which resulted in seizure of various items, such as 1500 x 50kg bags of foreign parboiled rice, 839 bales of used clothes, 3,525 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, 900 bags of cement used to conceal rice, 1,670 mumrite tomato paste, 500 mumrite sardine, smuggled vehicles, 1 pump action, 1 locally fabricated pistol and 14 live cartridges with the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N390, 198, 000.

Recalled that foreign tomato paste, used clothings, importation of vehicles through the land borders, used tyres, arm and ammunition without end-user certificates among others are all import prohibition, which threatens the growth of Nigerian economy.

The review of CGC Strike Force Team ‘A’, revealed that illicit goods imported into the country mostly end up in various homes and neighborhood, thereby causing wide range of issues ranging from social to psychological crises.

He has demonstrated that he is a good administrator with the way and manner he is making effort at ensuring that the local industries are protected from unhealthy foreign competition.

Aside this, he noted that other forms of social security require a strong partnership between their operatives and members of the public in the area of information sharing and moral support.

Speaking on revenue generated during the period under review, he said the sum of N748,679,337 was made through documentary checks and issuance of demand notices on consignments that were found to have been short-paid.

He expressed great displeasure over attitude of some Nigerians, who would pay all duties and levies payable to the Customs authorities of other countries they import goods from, while on the other hand they make conscious efforts to evade such payments into the Federal Government coffers.

His words: “As we are in the last quarter of the year, approaching the yuletide period, where recalcitrant traders and importers quest to make more profits through smuggling is at its peak. I would use this opportunity to appeal to importers and agents to be patriotic by making sincere declarations and pay their duties accurately”.

He used the opportunity to warn non compliance traders to desist from making false declarations, as the Strike Force Team ‘A’ has strategically mobilised and deployed its personnel to do the needful. He reiterated that unpatriotic importers and agents, who are culpable shall be dealt with in accordance with the dictates of the law.

Interestingly, his achievement is a combination of efforts of his diligent officers and men who are unrelenting in the discharge of their duties. He has continued to make CGC Strike Force Team ‘A’ a no go area for smuggling, concealment, duty evasion and other forms of illicit trades.

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