By Austin Ajayi, Yola.
The Nigeria Customs services, Adamawa/Taraba Command as part efforts to improve the internally generated revenue of the Federal government , the command has post a 8.9% increase in 2019.
The Comptroller, Adamawa/Taraba Kamarudeen Olumoh disclosed this today while parading two suspects caught with 266 bags of foreign parboiled rice concealed in bags of beans.
He said the contra band goods was packed in concealed bags of beans loaded in a trailer along Yola-Mubi road.
According to him his men upon tip off intercepted the trailer and the driver and one other person was arrested.
He said ” through an effective enforcement of customs act, and boarder community relationship and bringing into the tax net and commodities that had intherto been avoiding payment of duties, the command generated a total revenue of N161.9m in the year 2019 8.9% above the target for the out gone year”.
He said the command, nabbed twenty (20) suspected smugglers transporting various banned products valued at about N98.3 million into Nigeria.
The Comptroller, while reviewing the command’s 2019 performance said, the command has made 74 seizures and arrested twenty (20) suspects within the year under review, in its clampdown on smuggling activities within Adamawa and Taraba states.
Olumoh said, “During the year under review, the command achieved major anti smuggling feats.
“A total of seventy four (74) seizures were made with the arrest of twenty (20) suspects.
“The seizures include foreign rice, pangolin scales smuggled into the country and thirty three thousand four hundred (33,400) litres of petroleum products that was to be smuggled out.
“The Duty Paid Value (DPV) for the items stands at N98.3 million.”
Detailing the achievement of the area command in the years 2019, Olumoh said, “The command ended the year on a cheerful note haven met and surpassed its revenue target.
Olumoh, however, pointed out that, these successes were not achieved without challenges as the command is bedeviled with a vast borderline challenge, insurgency and communal conflict challenges and non adherence to import and export guidelines by traders despite sensitisation by relevant agencies.
He reiterated the command’s commitment to its sensitisation effort with the view to improving the command’s revenue generation in 2020.