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Customs intercepts N29.3m contraband

By Godfrey Bivbere
Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command (MMAC) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted contraband goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N29,222,808.00 in two months, the command’s Area Controller (CAC), Dan Ugo, has said.

The Customs boss who disclosed this in Lagos yesterday also said his Command had so far collected a total of N26.374,431,991.00 between January and October 25 this year.

Ugo said the Command made a total of 13 seizures  including second hand clothes, ladies’ hand bags, shoes, men’s suits, men’s shirts, etc. It noted that in September, they made 10 seizures with DPV of N5,396,808.00.

He pointed out that the Command, in conjunction with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) between September and October, made three seizures of hard drugs which have been handed over to the relevant authority.

According to him, “In summary, a total of 13 seizures of prohibited goods with total DPV of N29,22,808.00 were recorded in the two months This is unprecedented feat at MMAC. Besides, three seizures of hard drugs were also made in conjunction with officers of the NDLEA in the month of

September and October, 2009.”

Commenting on the total figure of revenue collected this year, Ugo said there is a remarkable improvement over the same period last year which stood at N23, 260, 774,352.24 and this represents an 11.42 percent increase.

He explained that the Command got N15,307,213,702.83 as Import Duty, N35,284,88.54 as Fees, N1,136,228,865.75 as seven percent sub-charge and N6,807,658m726.31 as five percent Value Added Tax during the period under review.

Of the over N26.3 billion, N1,783,031.16 came in from National Automotive Council (NAC), N1,972,857,403,52 as one percent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS), N1,112,560,828.48 as point five percent Ecowas Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), N3,855.00 as Steel levy and N840,690.00 as SPEC. levy respectively.


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