The Nigerian Custom Service(NCS), Seme Area Command through the intensified efforts of its anti-smuggling Unit, seized about Four Hundred and Thiry-One contraband with a Duty Paid Value(DPV) of Two Hundred and Forty Nine Million, Nine Hundred and Sixty-one Thousand, Three Hundred and Forty-three Naira(N249, 961,343.00) between 3rd January, 2020 to April 17, 2020.
The items include2,325 bags of rice (50kg each), 74,585 litres of Premium Motor Sprit, 887 cartons of fronzen poultry products, 43 Units of Vehicles, 165 jerry cans of vegetable oil (25litres each), 399 textile materials, 112 sacks of used clothes, 82 sacks of used shoes, belts and ladies hand bags,45 parcels of cannabis (hemp), and many other general merchandise goods
Speaking on the development, the Ag. Customs Area Controller, Chedi Dalha Wada attributed the successes recorded to strategies designed and implemented he assumed duty there as well as the renewed synergy between different components of anti-smuggling units which formed a formidable force to counter the activities of smugglers within the nooks and crannies of Seme Command.
“In continuation with the fight against the activities of daredevil smugglers, intensified activities of anti-smuggling unit of Seme Area Command under the leadership of Ag.Customs Area Command, Chedi Dalha Wada have continued to crackdown on the activities of economic activities saboteurs in the last three (3) months.
Between the period of 3rd January to 17th April 2020, the command recorded a total of four hundred and thirty one (431) seizures with DPV of N249,961,343.00“, he said.
Comptroller Wada However, disclosed that his administration, in view of the pandemic, COVID-19, had embarked on sensitization of the officers which include, the area synergy with Port Health Services, headquarters medical team, on regular washing of hands, usage of face masks and strict adherence to maintenance of social distance rules.