By Ambrose Obioma Okehi
The APAPA Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has collected the sum of Sixty-five Billion, Four hundred and sixty-three million, three hundred and ninety-eight thousand, three hundred and fifty-five naira, and eighty-five Kobo (#65,463,398,355.85).
This figure, the command said was generated just in the month of April 2022.
The Controller of the command, Comptroller Mallanta who stated this during press conference in Apapa on Thursday said that the figure an increase of twenty-five billion, five hundred and eighty-five million, five hundred and sixty-one thousand, one hundred and thirty-nine naira, ninety-two Kobo (25,585,561,239.92) when compared to what the command generated in same month in 2020, indicating a percentage increase of 64%.
According to the command, this unprecedented record has not been achieved in the history of Apapa Area Command.
On the anti-smuggling war, the command is not relenting.
The command, according to Comptroller Mallanta, noted that in line with the provision of extant laws, trade guidelines and enforcement of government fiscal policy measures, the Command was able to further strengthen it’s anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs through credible intelligence driven operations.
The CAC further told the Newsmen that it was the command’s anti-smuggling strategies that led to the seizure of 4 by 40ft container’s laden with unregistered pharmaceuticals (674) cartons of Tramadol tablets in 225 mg and 120mg, and 805 cartons of Codeine Syrup in 100mg at APMT and Sifax three bonded terminals respectively. These importations contravene sections 46 & 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act CAP C45 LFN 2004.
Speaking about the effects and its harzardness on the health of the Nigerian citizens if it gets across to the masses, Comptroller Mallanta Ibrahim Yusuf said:
“It is pertinent to note that these dangerous drugs pose serious threat to the health of the citizenry and economic well-being of the country. As such, the command is poised to tackle this menace head-on”.
Other items confiscated by the command include: two containers of unprocessed wood and one container of scrap corper wire.
The command noted that as far as exportation of goods is concerned, the a over items contravened laws of the land.
“Exportation of the above items is in breach of Schedule 6 (items 4 & 6) of the Common External Tariff (CET)”.
Giving the value of the seized export items, the command states that “the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items stood at one billion, seven hundred and sixty million, five hundred and six thousand, three hundred and sixty-three naira (1,760,506,363.00)