Economy: Customs Rakes in N21bn, Seizes 353 Contraband in Kano-Jigawa States

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Kano/Jigawa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has said that it generated the sum of N21.018bn.

As revenue from January to December 2020 which exceeds the N20bn target for the year despised challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

This was disclosed by Comptroller Sulaiman Umar, the Customs Comptroller Kano/Jigawa Area Command.

Who spoke while briefing newsmen, Thursday, at Customs House, Bompai, Kano State.

According to Umar, this also surpasses the over N13bn that was collected during the same period in 2019.

A development that shows an increase of 84% in the revenue collection over last year.

The Comptroller also revealed that his men have successfully impounded over N23.7m Naira worth of contraband goods.

In the last two weeks of his assumption of office as the new Comptroller Kano/Jigawa area command.

He explained that the service has made different seizures at different locations within the command area of coverage.

This amounts to about 353 in 2020 alone, with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N900bn.

As you all know, the core mandate of the Nigeria Customs Service is to collect revenue for the Federal Government.

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And account for the same, facilitate legitimate trade, suppress smuggling which is a serious threat to national security.

And the economy, and provide security at the national borders”

“Some of the impounded contraband items within the two weeks under review include about 390 bags of foreign rice.

With a DPV of N8,468,070, 20 jerry cans of Vegetable Oil with a DPV of N340,000, 182 Bales of Second-hand clothes.

With a DPV of N7,045,766 and 100 Cartoons of Mosquito Coil with a DPV of N6,435,000.

Others are 98 Packs of Spaghetti with a DPV of N379,260, 35 Cartoons of Green Tea with a DPV of N677,477.

190 Cartoons and 6 pcs Tin Tomato with an N164,500 DPV and 79 Cartoons of Condense Milk with an N213,300 DPV.

He assured the commitment of his officers and men of the Kano/Jigawa area command in carrying out their mandate to the latter.

Speaking on the lack of cooperation by border communities, the Comptroller admitted that this has been an issue in the country.

Assuring that the service will not relent in sensitizing communities involved in how bad smuggling is to the economy and even their children,

Because it destroys local industries and eventually creates unemployment. So we keep on sensitizing them.

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And I will also use this opportunity to ask for your own collaboration too in sensitization in your various media houses.”

On the decision of the Federal Government to reopen four borders, Comptroller Umar said,

What the government has prohibited, the law will still be enforced that you cannot bring in rice.

Second-hand clothes, and all other commodities that have been restricted.

Therefore, the border is open for legitimate trade and for legitimate goods.” he clarified.

While expressing hope that the customs media relationship will continue to blossom, Comptroller Umar.

Who assumed duty on December 1st commended the press for their support and cooperation over the years.

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