The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Seme Command operatives once again humiliated smugglers as they lost PMS, Vehicles, Indian Hemp and others without resistance in another devastating onslaught against die-hard economic saboteurs operating at the country borders,
According to the press statement by the NCS, the Command operatives intercepted 10,309 jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) equivalent to eight tankers load of 33,000 litres each which were smuggled out of the country to neighbouring Benin Republic.
The Seme and Area Controller, Comptroller Muhammed Jibo, stated that the seizure was part of 1,244 various smuggled goods intercepted by the Command from January till date with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N886million.
According to the statement, the Seme Command boss, took journalists round the seized items including some petroleum products packed in sacks, he therefore noted that smugglers are deploying new tactics as they now resort to using sacks to smuggle PMS.
Comptroller Jibo, listed other seized items made within the period under review to include; 109 units of smuggled vehicles out of which 37 are presently in court awaiting condemnation, 10,706 bags of smuggled rice, 44 bags of NPK fertilizer, 608 cartons of frozen poultry product, 784 rolls of cigarette and 11 jerry cans of vegetable oil.
Also included in the seizures are, 843 cartons of tomato paste, 605 pairs and 12 sacks of used shoes, 17 sacks and seven bales of used clothes, 19 pieces of used tyres, 153 sachets of herbicides and 1419 packs of different drugs and other general merchandise.
He attributed the successes recorded to the dedication and commitment of officers, collaboration with security agencies as well as a cordial working relationship with stakeholders and the host communities.
“Jibo disclosed further that the successes recorded could be attributed to the continuous robust stakeholders’ engagements, vigorous intelligence gathering through collaboration with the host communities, especially the youths, security agencies and the determination, and commitment demonstrated by the officers and men of the Command and ensuring compliance to extant government fiscal policies as relates to import and export,” he said.
Comptroller Jibo said that the Command processed and exited exported trade volume of 635, 149.23 metric tons with a Free On board (FOB) value of N15.6billion within the review period.
He said the Nigerian Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) value stood at N78million during the period under review while the command treated and exited 1,314trucks of goods under the ETLS scheme.
In the area of revenue, Comptroller Jibo said the Benin Republic policies mandated all goods transiting through Benin to pay some duties and levies, which according to him is contrary to the ECOWAS protocols and international transit agreements, this he said affected the revenue drive of the Command as it collected the sum of N718 million during the period under review.
The grand total for both seizure and revenue during the period under review is N1.6billion. The Seme Command has handed over the 3,447 parcels of Cannabis Sativa (Indian Hemp) concealed with sharp sand to the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).