Seme Customs Command achieves 272% Revenue Increase in 2024; Seizes contraband worth over N840m

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Nigeria Customs Service [NCS], Seme Area Command has achieved a remarkable increase of 272% in revenue collection from January to May 2024 as it  generated N2,634,190, 645,facilitated export of 143,468 metric tons via Seme/Krake border, intercepted contraband items with Duty Paid Value [DPV] of N840,003,646.00; Eighteen suspects were arrested in connection with the seized goods, while, eleven granted administrative bail, three handed over to the NDLEA, one to the Nigeria Police and four remaining in custody.

Addressing the Journalists at the Command in Lagos on Tuesday, the Customs Area Controller, and Comptroller Timi Bomodi revealed significant anti-smuggling achievements from January to May, with contraband seizures valued at over ₦840 million.

Comptroller Bomodi detailed the Command’s relentless efforts to curb smuggling activities, resulting in the interception of 474 consignments of contraband. These seizures include:12,448 jerry cans of PMS, equivalent to 8 tanker loads, 6,467 bags of rice, equivalent to 10 trailer loads,15 used vehicles, 1,251 parcels of cannabis sativa, 20 live parrots, 2 honey badgers, 2 pelican birds, 404 live tortoises, 3,023 items of general merchandise, 149 packages of codeine and 45 used tires.

Meanwhile, he said that the Command has also set-up a complaint desk to address issues concerning the molestation of females on this corridor.

“We strongly frown at any act endangering the health and well-being of the vulnerable population of border stake-holders who go about their normal and legitimate businesses daily. Stringent action shall be taken against any officer of the any agency found guilty of molestation of any females on this corridor,” Bomodi said.

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