From EMMA OBI, Calabar – The Cross River and Akwa Ibom State Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service generated the sum of N7.8billion as revenue between January and October this year.
This amount represents an increase of 58 percent compared to what was recorded for the corresponding period in 2016 and 89 percent of the 2017 revenue target.
A breakdown of some of the figures shows that a total of 28 seizures were made for the period under review.
Customs Area Controller for Cross River Calabar Free Trade Zone and Akwa Ibom State, Burromvyat, Patience Nanbyen mni made this disclosure Friday in Calabar during a press briefing.
According to Burromvyat, “despite various challenges faced by the command”, modest achievements were recorded.
She expressed optimism that the command will not only meet its target for 2017, it will surpass it.
According to her, items seized by the command during the period under review include used tyres, used vehicles, wild life animals such as different species of 140 snakes, 220 Geckos, 200 spiders, 200 millipedes and 20 hairy frogs.
Other items seized within the period include 1,521 (50kg) bags of smuggled foreign par boiled rice among several other goods.
She further disclosed that the duty paid value of the items is put at N34.9billion.
“In as much as smugglers will continue to operate, we shall continue to apprehend them so that it will serve as deterrent”. She warned.
The comptroller disclosed that “though no life was lost during the period under review, some officers suffered various degrees of injuries in the course of discharging their legitimate duties”.
The customs’ boss assured that the command will continue and sustain its momentum on the ban on importation of rice and other prohibited items reiterating that “in conjunction with other security agencies, we will continue to foil any attempts at arms smuggling and other trans-border crimes”.
Burromvyat reassured that the command will not shift grounds on its stance for zero tolerance on corruption as she thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), his management team, officer and men under her command, for the support and team work which has” resulted to these modest feats by the command”.