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Seme border of Nigerian customs generates $27.5m

The Seme Border of Nigerian Customs Service has generated more than $27.5 million between March 2017 and August 2018.
The outgoing Area Controller at Seme Border, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, unveiled that figure of collections at the border with Benin Republic during the official handing over to his successor, Mr Mohammed Garba.
Aliyu said that the command witnessed unprecedented increase in revenue and seizures in the last 18 months.
“We made 1060 seizures with Duty Paid Value of over N1bn and seized about 40,000 bags of rice which is equivalent to 66 trailer trucks.
“Over 28,000 bags of the seized rice were sent to Internally Displaced Persons in line with Federal Government policy.
“In addition, 37 exotic vehicles were also confiscated while various medications and other perishable items were duly condemned and destroyed,” he said.
 Aliyu said that he took some proactive steps to give Seme border an international outlook by reclaiming the customs land that was encroached upon by unscrupulous individuals.
 He thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd), for the opportunity given to him to serve and contribute his quota to the development of the nation.
 The new Customs Comptroller expressed gratitude and reminded the customs men to be disciplined in the discharge of their duties.
“Teamwork, commitment and dedication to duty is essential in achieving success toward moving the command to greater heights,” Garba said.
The new customs comptroller in Seme was formerly in charge of Customs Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja while the outgoing comptroller will replace him in his former position
Meanwhile, the Kirikiri Lighter Terminal Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted a 40ft container with various goods valued N12.03m. it is impounded due to false declaration.
The outgoing Controller of the Command, Comptroller Lami Wushishi, made this known on Thursday in Lagos while handing over the seized goods to her successor.
She said the container was seized after examination and detained, and that the consignment originated from the Bahamas.
“The consignment originated from Bahama and investigation is still ongoing because no suspect was arrested in connection to the seizure.
“Items found in the container were: 23 cartons of military boots totalling 460 pairs; 11 cartons of welding cable, jumbo cartons of safety eyeglasses, 120 cartons of baby beds, 33 packages of aluminum welding rods.
“Other items are; 170 cartons of rain boots, 44 cartons of plastic buckets, 310 cartons of assorted carpentry tools, 55 sacks of shower caps, 112 cartons of children’s toys and 135 cartons of cosmetics /make-up.
“The container was intercepted by vigilant officers during the 100 per cent examination in line with the Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo’s directive on Ease of Doing Business,” Wushishi said.
She said the command generated the sum of  $19.4 million in the last eight months in spite of various challenges encountered.
Wushishi assured port users of the command’s commitment to ensuring the implementation of the fiscal policy of the Federal Government and willingness to continue to collaborate with other sister agencies.
She, however, urged importers and stakeholders operating within the command’s terminals to comply with all extant laws by making honest declarations in order to enjoy seamless clearance of cargo.
 While handing over to the new controller, Comptroller Nike Oladunni, she urged officers in the command to give maximum support to successor to enable the command achieve its annual target.