The Area Comptroller of the Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Ibrahim Yusuf, on Thursday disclosed that the Command generated N65,463,398,355.85 in April, representing 64 percent increase over the N25,585,561,139.92 raked in April 2020.
Yusuf, who spoke at a media briefing, said that during the month in review, the Command intercepted at the AP Moller Terminal and SIFAX 3 bonded terminal in Lagos tramadol and unprocessed wood and scrap copper wire with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1, 760, 506 363 in the month under review.
He explained: “In line with the provision of extant laws, trade guidelines and enforcement of government fiscal policy measures, the command was able to further strengthen its anti-smuggling operations against economic saboteurs through credible intelligence driven operations.
“This led to the seizure of 4×40 feet containers laden with unregistered pharmaceuticals (674 cartons of tramadol tablets in 225mg and 120mg and 805 cartons of codeine syrup in 100ml) at APMT and SIFAX 3 bonded terminal respectively.
“Other items seized in the period under review include: two containers of unprocessed wood and one container of scrap copper wire”, Yusuf added.
The comptroller pointed out that the importations contravened Sections 46 and 47 of Customs and Excise Management Act, CAP C 45 LFN 2004 and schedule 6 (items 4 and 6) of the Common External Tariff (CET).
Noting that these dangerous drugs posed serious threat to health of the citizenry and the economic well-being of the country, Yusuf said that the Command was determined to frontally tackle the menace.