• Fri. May 24th, 2024

Kebbi Customs Command’s Unveils Seizures, Revenue Boost Worth Over ₦126 Million

The Customs Area Controller of the Kebbi Area Command, Comptroller Iheanacho Ernest Ojike, held the command’s first-ever press briefing at the Headquarters of the Nigeria Customs Service in Birnin Kebbi. The briefing aimed to shed light on the command’s recent activities, particularly its efforts in combating smuggling, revenue generation, and trade facilitation.

Comptroller Ojike, appointed by the Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, outlined the command’s commitment to reducing smuggling activities and enhancing revenue generation for the federal government. Under his leadership, the command intensified patrols across Kebbi State, leveraging intelligence and community sensitization to tackle smuggling effectively.

In the past two months alone, the command recorded significant seizures, including 212 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 200 bales of used secondhand clothing, 10,025 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), and various other contraband items. The total Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items amounted to ₦126,278,959.60. Comptroller Ojike attributed this success to the dedication of the command’s operations teams, intelligence unit, and joint border patrol efforts, as well as collaboration with sister agencies.

Highlighting the importance of revenue generation, Comptroller Ojike acknowledged the challenges posed by border closures but emphasized the command’s resilience in generating revenue. Despite limitations, the command managed to generate ₦7,215,500 in the past two months, marking a 125% increase compared to previous months. The seizure of 10,025 litres of PMS, valued at ₦2,005,000, is expected to further boost revenue through auction sales.

On trade facilitation, the command has engaged stakeholders and traditional rulers to promote legitimate trade while discouraging smuggling activities. Comptroller Ojike reiterated the command’s commitment to preventing the unauthorized exportation of grains to safeguard the country’s food security.

In conclusion, Comptroller Ojike reaffirmed the command’s dedication to upholding the mandate of the Nigeria Customs Service and ensuring compliance with customs laws and regulations. The briefing underscored the command’s proactive approach to addressing border security challenges and promoting trade integrity in Kebbi State.

The press briefing provided valuable insights into the Kebbi Customs Command’s ongoing efforts to combat smuggling, enhance revenue generation, and facilitate legitimate cross-border trade.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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