The Guardian (Nigeria)

Customs rakes in N4 billion in Seme border

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SEME Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said it generated about N4.4 billion from January till date, and represents 65 per cent of the total allotted target for the year.

The Customs Area Controller, Seme Area Command, Comptrolle­r Mohammed Uba Garba, who disclosed this during the half year review, said his officers and men in various operations had taken full advantage of available

resources to increase revenue collection, suppressio­n of smuggling, facilitati­on of legitimate trade, and improving community service.

Garba said the Command also made some seizure in the last three weeks, which include 5,204 bags of 50kg foreign rice (equivalent to 9 trailer trucks); 10 x 25litres jerry cans of vegetable oil; 13x50kg bags of sugar; 1,078 cartons of poultry products; 55 cartons of spaghetti; 97 cartons of soap; 59 cartons of insecticid­es.

Others are: 65x6 yards of textiles; 17 sacks of used clothes/shoes; 4 cartons of tin tomatoes; 36 bales of used cloths; 60 pieces of used tyres; 669 packs of PVC carpet/foot mats; and two cartons of cream.

The comptrolle­r said 114 parcels of cannabis were also found concealed in one red Toyota Highlander jeep, and another 32 parcels in other operations with street value of over N1.681 million.

He said nine trucks were

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