…Seizes Contraband Worth Over N38.5 Million
From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The Kano/Jigawa Customs Command has generated N7, 658, 138, 659.00 as customs duty and other charges in the first quarter of 2021.
The Area Controller in charge of the Command, Mr. Suleiman Pai Umar, who briefed journalists on the activities of the Command between January and March this year, said the figure represent 100 per cent increment in duty collection when compared to the first quarter of 2020, which stood at N3, 898, 607, 037.00.
“The difference recorded was made possible because of robust stakeholders’ engagement, officers resolute in discharging their duties and an increased level of compliance in the trader’s zone,” he added.
Pai also stated that made seizures of various contraband goods with duty paid value of N38, 564, 000.00, within the period under review.
According to him, “the eagle-eyed operatives of the Command succeeded, within the period under review, in botching the illicit attempts of smugglers to ferry into the country various contraband goods.
“The Command made a total of 26 seizures which includes: foreign rice, second-hand clothings, spaghetti, milk, foreign soap and used tyres.”
He itemised the seized items to include 716 bags of 50kg foreign rice valued at N20, 764,000; 162 cartons of spaghetti valued at N14, 620, 000; 85 cartons of Macaroni valued at N850, 000; 90 bales of second hand clothings valued at N38, 100,000; two cartons of milk valued at N30, 000; 240 cartons of soap valued N4, 080, 000; and 520 pieces of used tyres valued at N3, 120, 000.
Pai lamented that, “it is very unfortunate and disturbing that the wide awareness on the dire consequences of smuggling activities on economic growth and development, some citizens still perpetuate this criminal act for their selfish interest.”
He, however, assured that, “the Nigeria Customs service’s zero tolerance for smuggling is non-negotiable and the Service will do everything in its capacity to fight it.
“Overtime, the Kano/Jigawa Area Command has been tackling the incessant activities of smugglers within our territories/borders, an activity which has been affecting the Nation’s economy and a major contributor to our current insecurity.
“We will not relent in intensifying our efforts to curb this menace.”
While thanking sister security agencies, the press and the Kano Emirate Council for their continued support, the Customs boss, charged smugglers and other criminals to embrace legitimate trade and comply with government policies and directives, “by doing this, we would make our country safe and fruitful for all.