NCS: Customs 2018 Revenue Hits N1.1trn

NCS: Customs 2018 Revenue Hits N1.1trn

The Nigerian Customs Service said on Thursday that it generated N 1. 1 trillion revenue and seized contraband goods worth more than N 40 billion between January and November 2018.

The Public Relations Officer of the service , Deputy Comptroller, Joseph Attah , disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja .

Attah said that the amount realised had far surpassed the N1 .03 trillion generated in 2017 .

The spokesperson also told NAN that 59 containers of tramadol and other controlled drugs were confiscated across the commands within the period of time .

He said that 40 containers were seized in Apapa Port, 10 in Tincan Port in Lagos State and nine in Onne Port in Port Harcourt , Rivers State

Attah said that the quantum of seized goods was a testimony that the service had improved in its ability to block leakages and enforce the anti -smuggling law this year .

He also disclosed that the automation of the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System had been upgraded .

According to him , the strategic deployment of officers and men of the service and establishment of strike force as the third layers of security, have impacted positively on customs operations .

“We are aware that our insistence on compliance , arrest and prosecution of smugglers and increasing disposition of customs officers to place national interest above self , is against the interests of some people .

“With these achievements , we must have stepped on toes , and that is why some enemies go to town with misleading information by accusing the service of nepotism , non -facilitation of trade and corruption .

“ It is curious that such people will choose the time when officers are turning down bribes like the Apapa case .

“Our officers rejected N 150 million bribe offered by the arrested suspect , to save the nation from consuming 40 containers of dangerous drugs .

“We will insist that all international trade actors comply with the fiscal policy of the government,” he said .

( NAN )

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