By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Niger/Kwara/Kogi Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has been awarded certificate of merit by the World Customs Organization on the 26th of January 2018 during the international Customs Day celebration at Abuja.
According to a statement made available to journalists, the award ’RENDERING EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMS COMMUNITY” was given to the Customs Area Controller Compt. Y Abba-Kasim by the Comptroller General of Customs on behalf of the World Customs Organization (WCO)
The statement signed by the Customs Area Controller, Yusuf Abba-Kassim recalled that during the period under review, a lot of strategic measures were put in place by the Command that yielded positive harvest which result to the Seizures of Seven Hundred and Fifty (750) Cartons of One Hundred Eighty Nine Thousand (189,000) Live Ammunition worth Sixty Three Million Five Hundred and four Thousand (N 63,504,000).
It stressed that the Command has continued to live up to expectations of the service in the area of revenue generation and in anti-smuggling activities. The Command record 134 seizures and generates N2, 434,028,554.66 Billion into Federation Account.
The statement gave the strategic and momentous seizures recorded by the Command to include:-
(a) RICE: A total Number of Twelve Thousand, Four hundred and Ninety-Seven (12,497) 50kg Bags of Rice were arrested within the period under review. The Duty Paid Value of the intercepted Rice is Two Hundred and Eighty Five Million, Ninety Four Thousand, Seven hundred Naira (N 285,094,700).
(b) VEHICLES: The Command made seizure of Forty One (41) vehicles with duty Paid value of Sixty Four Million, five hundred and thirty thousand, Nine hundred and thirty-Six Naira (N 64,530,936) only.
(C) GENERAL MERCHANDISE: The Command made seizure of other items such as Sugar, Used Tyres, foot wears etc with duty paid value of Five Million, Five Hundred and Thirty thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty Six Naira (N5, 530,836). and (d) VEGETABLE OIL- The command recorded seizures of Vegetable Oil (17,300 Liters) with duty paid Value of Eight Million, Three hundred and Six Thousand Two Hundred Naira only (N8, 306,200).