The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Border Space Command, says it has cleared 4,438 vans with numerous items for the reason that reopening of land borders by the federal authorities on December 16.
Mr Abdulahi Hussiain, the general public relations officer of the command, stated this in an announcement in Seme, Lagos, yesterday.
He stated out of the 4,438 vans, the command processed 1,059 vans below the ECOWAS Commerce Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS), whereas 2,487 vans have been exports.
“For import and baggage, 179 vans and 713 vans have been captured, making 4,438 vans of products altogether,” he stated.
Hussiain stated the Seme Customs Space Comptroller, Mr Bello Jibo, stated the command had intercepted contraband with Responsibility Paid Worth (DPV) of N409.8 million for the reason that reopening of the border.
Jibo stated the banned substances smuggled into Nigeria by way of the Seme border included 232 wraps of hashish sativa, 98 used automobiles, 5,568 luggage of rice and two sacks of condom.
The controller stated the banned substances have been smuggled from Dec. 17, 2020 when the federal authorities introduced the reopening of 4 land borders thus far.
“The eye of the command has been drawn to a deceptive narrative in some quarters of the general public that the Seme-Krake border has not been absolutely reopened, thereby limiting seamless influx and outflow of reliable items.
“It’s pertinent to state that for the reason that reopening of some land borders by the federal authorities on Dec. 16, 2020, with Seme Border command being among the many 4 borders reopened, its operation has since been sustained on a full scale.
“Though some preliminary hitches have been encountered by our Nigerian importers regarding excessive prices of charges and levies imposed on the Nigeria sure items earlier than entry,” he stated.
Jibo stated the command made pragmatic strikes towards synergy with safety companies, together with the Republic of Benin safety companies working on the joint border publish.
He stated the command made a income of N431. 1 million whereas the sum of N409.8 million was realised as DPV from seizures from January thus far.
In response to him, the achievements are indications that the border shouldn’t be solely open, however absolutely operational.
“The command will proceed to actualise sustainable marketing campaign and provision of obligatory devices with a view to facilitating reliable companies consistent with extant authorities fiscal insurance policies,” he stated. (NAN)