***seizes 142 Containers

By Ambrose Okehi

he Nigeria Customs Service, Apapa Premier port has made impressive out in the last six months from January to June 2020.
The command within the last six months recorded a mouth-watering sum as in its revenue generation drive. The figures, according to the command, is N227,347,046,233.53 (two hundred and twenty-seven billion, three hundred and forty-seven million, forty-six thousand, two hundred and thirty-three naira, fifty-three kobo)for the last six months.The command stated this at a press briefing held at the command’s conference hall in Apapa, Lagos.
The command said it collected the revenue from Customs Duties and other charges which include: seven percent Sir charge, Value Added Tax (VAT), one percent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) among others.
Giving a breakdown of the figures, the Customs Area Controller (CAC) of command, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura, in the month of January 2020, the command generated the sum of N35,929,269,672,12, got N35,785,615,866.94, netted N38,489,779,365.68. In the month of April 2920 the command equally collected a total of N39,877, 837,215.93 while between May and June of the same year, it collected the sun of N34,775,034,038.50 and N42,488,519,074.36.
Making s comparison of the command’s performance, the CAC noted that there is a steady improvement in revenue collection all through the half year except for the month of May which recorded a decline of about N3.531 bullion when compared with that of year 2019 and 2020. In 2019, the command made a total revenue collection of N203.264 billion as Customs Duty and other charges like 7% Sir charge, VAT, 1% CISS among others.
The monthly comparison as regards between that of 2019 and 2020, Comptroller Abba-Kura said in the month of January they raised a revenue generation amounting to N3,344,767,814.88, February recorded N8,260,861,280.01, the month of March saw the amount of N3,881,337,573.46 while the months of April, May and June recorded N2,486,012,692.15, N,3. 531,593,087.86 and N9,585,013,428.14 respectively.
On the anti-smuggling drive, the command is not relenting as it recorded a total of 142 containers of various items.According to the CAC, “Pursuance to sections 46 and 48 of Customs Excise And Management Act (CEMA) that deals with offences in relation to import and export, in other words Forfeiture of Goods Improperly Imported, the command have seized a total of one hundred and forty-two (142) containers of various items.”The CAC said that the total DPV for the 12 different items seized by the command stood at N15,904,954,220.00.
On the breakdown of the seizures, the command said: “The breakdown of the seized items include two (2) assorted vehicles (1 Rolls Royce 2018 and 1 Lamborghini Hurracane Sport Car 2019 model) with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N323,530 million naira. Other items include 64 containers if Pharmaceuticals with a DPV of N14,097,926,927,00, 32 containers of 50kg of foreign per boiled rice worth N659,376,000.00, seven containers of Used Clothing and Shores valued at N346,789,190.00, 25 containers of Vegetable oil said to have a value of N187,422 500.00 and many other seizures.
While commenting on the issue of whether the Customs has the power to seizure, detention and condemnation of goods, Comptroller Mohammed Abba-Kura said: “In addition to seizing these goods, we have equally invoked the provisions of sections 167 of CEMA which deals with detention, Seizure and condemnation of goods. All the seized items have been condemned by a Court of competent jurisdiction “Federal High Court” and have now become the properties of Federal Government of Nigeria.”
Talking about COVID – 19, the CAC said the pandemic has actually brought with it set backs and challenges which are affecting the command presently.”…Recall in my last briefing I informed you of our plans to build the  capacity of our junior officers and other stakeholders on new developments in the service, but the goal could not be achieved due to COVID 19 pandemic. However, that mission is still alive and as soon as we overcome COVID 19 the training will commence accordingly “.

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