By Mobolaji Odunuga.
The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has collected a total of N973.540 million as revenue in the month of October, 2014 and also made 24 seizures with duty value of N32.019 million comprising of rice, frozen poultry products and other general goods during the period.
The Area Commander in charge of the command, Comptroller Willy Egbudin while speaking on this achievement described the revenue achievement as a product of increased compliance by stakeholders and non compromise by customs officers promising to make the border unattractive for smugglers and perpetrators of trans border illegalities.
He reiterated that the customs has resolved to maximally collect all revenue due to the government through customs duty with continuous improvement in the blockage of all identifiable sources of leakages.
Egbudin revealed that the Seme command has commenced intensified patrols ahead of the yuletide season when smuggling activities are expected at peak.
“In carrying out the directives of our Controller General, Dikko Inde Abdullahi, I have constantly sentized and reminded our officers and men on the zero tolerance for smuggling stance.
“On this, there is no going back. We are sending a strong warning to smugglers that daring us means a venture into big regrets. We are ready to deploy our logistics for intelligence, interdiction, arrest, seizure and diligent prosecution of suspects,” he warned.
Finally, he assured all members of the trading public and travelers across the border that customs personnel presence at strategic and approved points are also to assist in facilitation of legitimate trades and promote the state of security at the border and transit routes into Lagos.