Mr Willy Egbudin, Area Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Command, has disclosed that the command generated N540.1 million as revenue in November.
Egbudin, who made the disclosure in Badagry, added that the revenue was less than the N656 million generated in October.
“The revenue for the month of November is lower than that of October due to low patronage. Certainly, things will pick up because this is the last month of the year and trading activities are very high, “ he said.
Egbudin said that the command generated more than N7.98 billion in 2012, an amount less than its target of N8 billion. The Controller expressed optimism that the command would realise its set target of N13 billion for the year.
“Already, we have been able to generate N700 million for the month of December and we still have over two weeks to go. I am very sure that by the end of the month, we would generate over one billion, “ he said. Egbudin said that the command also made 118 seizures in November, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N64.7 million.
He listed the seized items to include cars, bags of rice, vegetable oil, second hand clothes, frozen poultry products and general goods.
Egbudin said that the command arrested three suspects during the period over alleged smuggling.
The Controller gave the assurance that the suspects would be prosecuted after investigations. He urged Nigerians to desist from smuggling goods into the country because of its adverse effect on the economy.
“Nigeria is a blessed country and we urge youths and residents of border areas to look inwards to discover the enormous legitimate businesses they can engage in, as smuggling runs foul of government laws, “ he said. Egbudin advised Nigerians to follow due process in importing and exporting any product.