Customs: Seme Command Intercepts 8 Tanker Loads of PMS.... Generates N2.634bn in Revenue in 5 Months

Customs: Seme Command Intercepts 8 Tanker Loads of PMS
.... Generates N2.634bn in Revenue in 5 Months

Kathy Kyari 
The Nigeria Customs Service's Seme Border Command has seized eight tanker loads totaling 373,440 liters of Premium Motor Spirit, or PMS.

Compt. Timi Bomodi, the Customs Area Controller, stated to reporters during a press conference about the operations of the Command from January to May 26, 2024, that the value of the contraband found was N840 million. 
The CAC claims that in just five months, the Command generated N2.6 billion in income. "In terms of money generation, the Command has kept up the pace. We only collected a total of N 2, 634, 190, 645.53 during the review period. This sum is 272% more than that of 2023 for the same period. Regarding anti-smuggling, the Controller stated that 474 interceptions of different

Addressing anti-smuggling, the Controller stated that during the evaluation period, 474 interceptions of various illicit items were reported by the Command. 

He listed the following items: 1, 251 bundles of cannabis sativa; 12,448 Jerrycans x 30 liters each, or eight (8) tanker loads; 6,467 bags of 50 kg of rice, or ten trailer loads; and fifteen used vehicles. 

He stated that the Command has observed a noticeable rise in the unauthorized importation of cannabis from Ghana. He also mentioned that criminals have attempted to defeat officers using a variety of techniques, but all of their attempts have been thwarted. 
Also among the items were wild animals: 149 packages of codeine, 303 live tortoises, 20 live parrots, honeybirds, and pelican birds.

On export, the Command facilitated 143, 468 Metric Tonnes of export produce, with FOB value of N35, 199, 971. 097.7 which is equivalent to ($38, 461, 397.39, adding that the NESS value paid is ₦174, 518, 464.82.

In addition, he revealed that a total of eighteen individuals were detained in relation to these seizures; eleven of them were released on administrative bail, three were turned over to the NDLEA for additional agency action, one was turned over to the Nigerian Police, and four suspects remain under detention. 

“Also recently arrested is a notorious smuggler whose reign of terror in this area has come to an end and will be made to face the full wrath of the law” , he said.

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