The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko has said that smuggling of rice and other edible items through Seme and Idiroko borders has reduced following an increase in revenue profile of the two border posts.
Speaking in an interview in Lagos, the customs boss reiterated that the two borders had generated more revenue on monthly basis last year.
He however, attributed this development to attitudinal change of the importers who are paying duties as at when due.
Dikko said: “No more evasion of duty, importers are coming forward to pay duties on their imported goods. He therefore, challenged those who are perceiving land borders as haven for smuggling to visit the borders and see things for themselves and stop peddling rumours.”
In the same vein, a community leader and renowned freight forwarder at Idiroko border, Otunba Akeem Adigun, confirmed that clearing agents at the border are law abiding people, who are always complying with customs laid down rules and regulations on clearing of goods and facilitation of trade.